Waffle House Sued for Hiring Issues
No amount of pancakes, hash browns or sausage links can get Waffle House out of the legal bind they’ve gotten themselves into as a Florida man has opted to sue everyone’s favorite late night snack stop for less than stellar methods of conducting background checks.
The plaintiff in the case against Waffle House is William Jones, who claims to have applied for a position at one of the chain’s Orlando locations in December 2014. According to reports, the restaurant conducted a background screening and subsequently denied Jones employment based upon the findings. The issue here lies not within his inability to get a job at the establishment, but in the manner in which the diner chain handled the situation.
Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations
Jones alleges that Waffle House violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that was passed in 1970 and is enforced by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to the FTC, “The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) promotes the accuracy, fairness and privacy of information in the files of consumer reporting agencies. There are many types of consumer reporting agencies, including credit bureaus and specialty agencies (such as agencies that sell information about check writing histories, medical records and rental history records.”
Essentially, this means that Jones that a detailed background check was conducted, which Waffle House should have done within a written statement. The hiring manager should also have notified Jones of his status as ineligible for hire based upon the findings of the background check in question. Had Waffle House notified Jones of what they found in the screening, he would have possibly been able to address any inaccurate information presented.
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However, Waffle House failed to follow the proper protocol and are now facing a hefty class action lawsuit as a result. The lawsuit was filed on October 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division and requests a trial by jury as well as statutory, compensatory, special, general and punitive damages. The suit is currently brought against Waffle House Inc., WH Capital LLC, The Source for Public Data LP, PublicData.com, Shadowsoft Inc., Harlington-Straker Studio Inc. and Dale Bruce Stringfellow.