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Class Claims Filed Against Home Depot Over Application Consent Forms

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel

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Class claims were filed in California federal court on August 4, 2017 against Home Depot USA, Inc. by a group of job applicants claiming that the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it forced applicants to sign unlawful waivers regarding background check consent forms.

Lead plaintiff, Katherine Saltzberg, claims that she signed the consent form and waiver as a mandatory part of her application for Lifetime Solutions Inc., a third-party water treatment company that offers services to Home Depot customers. Plaintiffs argue that the consent form and waiver were illegal under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which says that valid background and credit checks releases must only contain the disclosure and not extraneous information. Saltzberg seeks to represent a nationwide class of Home Depot USA, Inc. applicants who applied to the company, and signed a consent form and waiver, in the last five years. Home Depot USA, Inc. could face fines ranging from $100 per violation to up to $1,000. In addition to statutory fines, the plaintiff seeks punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.

The Case Is: Katherine Saltzberg et al. v. Home Depot USA Inc., Case No.: 2:17-cv-05798, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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