Galit Knotz Quoted in Inside Counsel on Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations

Akin Gump labor and employment counsel Galit Knotz has been quoted by Inside Counsel in its “Labor & Employment Digest,” which looks at current labor and employment trends.

Knotz discussed the Fair Credit Reporting Act, noting that the surge “of class actions against employers for Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations is largely due to the availability of statutory damages that can reach up to $1,000 per class member where ‘willfulness’ is shown, even where no injury exists.” She went on to say, that “district courts are beginning to provide guidance on the nuanced issues these lawsuits raise, with a number of recent decisions treating FCRA willfulness as a question of law in class actions against employers.”

Knotz concluded by noting that an understanding of these decisions “will aid employers in reviewing their compliance with FCRA obligations and in forming their litigation strategy.”