Safety & Compliance

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

July 26, 2013

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The carrier Swift Transportation is back under the legal microscope with a class action lawsuit being filed against it in a Virginia federal court.

Photo: Evan Lockridge
Photo: Evan Lockridge

It claims the company failed to tell more than 10,000 people who applied for jobs they can access the same information as the company for background checks and question the information the company reviews in making hiring decisions.

The plaintiff is James Ellis III. He applied to be a Swift driver in 2012 but was turned away due to his background check.

It’s claimed Swift has violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act for several years by not informing Ellis and other driver applicants they had a right to get a free copy of the report used by Swift and could dispute any information on it

The lawsuit is the second one filed against Swift that makes similar allegations. In 2011 a class action was filed in federal court in Arizona by three applicants who also made the same charges as Ellis. The case was later dismissed.

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  1. 1. Lax [ July 29, 2013 @ 11:27PM ]

    This may be happening for long time. As mr motes came back as CEO
    Now 2nd term..still old faith and rules are following. No proper administration on hr dept..this is a crap guys..just implementing motes and co..rules. No transparency, no federal rules...they face it what ever they done.

  2. 2. aaron pickett [ January 14, 2015 @ 04:12PM ]

    swift did the same thing to me after I attended the school and then disqualified me and now swift is trying to stick me with this outrageous loan which I know they get funded by the federal government to send people to there school and then they turn around and try to stick you with a loan...this has to stop


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