Cashier files suit against Aldi

Tampa Bay Times - - Business -

A Tampa woman has filed a suit against Aldi Inc. al­leg­ing the Ger­man gro­cery store chain il­le­gally ob­tains back­ground re­ports on em­ploy­ees and job ap­pli­cants. Ericka Hur­tado is seek­ing class-ac­tion sta­tus for her suit filed in Hillsborough County Cir­cuit Court last week. Hur­tado said Aldi ini­tially hired her as a cashier in Tampa in May. She al­leges the em­ployer ac­quires back­ground re­ports with­out a fed­er­ally re­quired, stand­alone dis­clo­sure. Her law­suit also main­tains that Aldi used such re­ports to make ad­verse em­ploy­ment de­ci­sions such as ter­mi­na­tion, re­duc­tion of hours, change in po­si­tion, fail­ure to hire and fail­ure to pro­mote. Aldi has more than 15 lo­ca­tions through­out Tampa Bay. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pany were not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment Fri­day.

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