In October 2012, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a complaint alleging that Neiman Marcus violated Illinois law by inquiring and obtaining credit reports on its job applicants.
The Illinois Employee Credit Privacy Act, which was enacted on January 1, 2011, prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant’s or employee’s credit history; ordering or obtaining an applicant’s or employee’s credit report; or failing to hire, discharging or otherwise discriminating against an applicant or employee because of their credit report.
You can read more about the case in the news here.
On September 19, 2017, Stephan Zouras recovered $250 to $7,500 per member for a class of several hundred retail employees who were subjected to unlawful credit checks and/or denied jobs based on such reports, as prohibited by the Illinois Employee Credit Privacy Act.
Stephan Zouras obtained this relief after winning at the Illinois Appellate Court in a case of first impression.
If an employer or prospective employer has inquired or obtained your credit report, and you want more information on your rights, please contact us.