Swift Agrees to $4.4 Million Settlement Over Driver Class Action Lawsuit

April 23, 2014

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The trucking company Swift Transportation has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit over claims if failed to inform prospective drivers about their rights involving records used during the hiring process.

The case was filed last summer by James Ellis III. He applied to be a Swift driver in 2012 but was turned away due to his background check.

He will receive a $5,000 settlement while seven other named plaintiffs will each get $1,000. The settlement includes more than 10,000 people who applied for driving jobs with Swift from July 23, 2008 through Sept. 30 2012.

The suit claimed Swift failed to 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.

It also alleged Swift 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.

Swift has denied the accusations all along but has reportedly clarified to applicants its hiring practices.

It is up to the court to give preliminary approval to the deal.


  1. 1. tony [ April 24, 2014 @ 12:04PM ]

    jery has been cheating people all has life it should be 20 million dollars

  2. 2. Skip layne [ April 27, 2014 @ 06:57AM ]

    Seems to me the drivers are getting screwed again !!! By there own lawyers ? There getting penny's for bringing UP the lawsuit and the lawyers are walking away with millions !!! Waiting for there meal card to walk in with a winner of a case !!!

  3. 3. Chett Winchell [ May 02, 2014 @ 02:48PM ]

    Seems to me that the drivers who jump around to multiple companies should be well aware of the rules. Every company should do background checks...been that way for 20+ years. This is nothing new.

  4. 4. joe willis [ July 23, 2014 @ 12:43AM ]

    swift are the biggest crooks and so are all lawyers.

  5. 5. Aukuso Leatutufu [ October 03, 2014 @ 01:01AM ]

    how do we get our share???????

  6. 6. joshua [ October 18, 2014 @ 11:40AM ]

    i just got a $50 dollar check from them..

  7. 7. james [ October 19, 2014 @ 07:52AM ]

    Where is my $50

  8. 8. donald gleen lanier [ October 30, 2014 @ 07:52PM ]

    I got a letter saying i could get money if they dettled

  9. 9. donald gleen lanier [ October 30, 2014 @ 07:54PM ]

    I got a letter saying i could get money if they settled but havent heard anything else. Please let me no something

  10. 10. Steven Thompson [ November 25, 2014 @ 03:15PM ]

    I got a letter but still haven't received any money

  11. 11. J C Springer [ December 10, 2014 @ 02:59PM ]

    I received a $50. check and it bounced.
    Cost me $5.00 for returned Deposit item.

  12. 12. G Justman [ December 31, 2014 @ 02:26PM ]

    The check I got bounced too, - merry xmas to WTF?

  13. 13. Paul Mccarthy [ January 09, 2015 @ 09:51AM ]

    I too received a Check that Bounced.
    Is this a scam ?

  14. 14. Christy [ January 20, 2015 @ 08:21PM ]

    I have a 50.00 bounced check to that cost me 79.00 who do we contact to get reimbursed? My email is [email protected]

  15. 15. Christy [ January 21, 2015 @ 12:49PM ]

    I spoke to swifts corporate office after being transferred many times i finally got a number for legal dept to fix it, they said have the bank resubmit the 50 check and they are sending me a check for my 25 fee incurred by the bounced check their number is 1800-222-2760 hope this helps everyone


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