DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kendall Law Group and a team of class action lawyers are suing Michaels’ Stores, Inc. on behalf of certain current employees and online job applicants, hired or not, based on allegations that Michaels violated their privacy rights. The lawsuits are in connection with background or consumer reports obtained through Michaels’ online application for employment.
The Kendall Law Group filed a Class Action Complaint in the United States District Court Northern District of Texas in January, and the case has been subsequently transferred to multi-district litigation in the United States District Court District of New Jersey for pre-trial proceedings. “Actually, our client is from California, and those affected from anywhere in the country, employees and job applicants, can bring a claim for compensation,” said Joe Kendall, the managing partner of the Kendall Law Group and a former federal judge.
Cases were originally filed in Texas, Missouri, and New Jersey. On March 26, 2015, a panel of seven federal judges reviewed the cases and ordered that all pre-trial matters be heard by one judge. “Afterwards, they will be sent back to the courts where they were filed,” according to Jamie McKey, a lawyer with the Kendall Law Group.
The lawsuit alleges it is unlawful for an employer, like Michaels, to procure a background report concerning a job applicant or employee unless a “clear and conspicuous” disclosure is made in a stand-alone document that “consists solely of the disclosure” informing the applicant or employee that a report may be obtained for employment purposes.
Under the applicable law, statutory compensation is available to those whose privacy rights have been violated. If you are a current, former, or previously a prospective employee of Michaels and want to know more about the case, you can contact Jamie McKey at the Kendall Law Group at 877-744-3728 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kendall Law Group was founded by a former federal judge, includes a former United States Attorney, judicial law clerks, and lawyers who are experienced in complex, class action litigation.