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At Forefront of FCRA, Seyfarth Sees Triple-Digit Growth

09/08/2017

Seyfarth’s Background Screening Compliance & Litigation team has experienced triple-digit revenue growth during the past year as one of the country’s leading authorities on compliance issues under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The team comprises more than 35 lawyers across the country who regularly defend employers and background screening vendors in class action and single plaintiff cases governed by the FCRA and other statutes related to obtaining accurate information about prospective and current employees.

“As ‘ban the box’ laws continue to modify at a rapid pace, our team is experiencing an amplified demand for FCRA services,” said Pamela Devata, leader of Seyfarth’s Background Screening Compliance & Litigation Defense team. “To meet this growing client need, the team has strategically assembled premier legal talent in the field.”

Seyfarth recently added top FCRA lawyer Jennifer L. Mora to its Labor & Employment department in Los Angeles. Previously a shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., Mora’s practice is focused on background check laws where she routinely counsels employers on both state and federal background check laws, including the FCRA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. A prolific writer and speaker on background screening issues, Mora is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University and received a B.A. from California State University, Stanislaus.

“Jen is a highly respected FCRA legal mind and will be a valuable resource to employers tackling this complex area of employment law on the West Coast and nationally,” said Devata.

Seyfarth’s Background Screening Compliance & Litigation Defense team is comprised of lawyers across the country whose sole or primary focus is on FCRA compliance and litigation. They are considered national subject matter experts throughout the background screening community. The team is intimately familiar with the statutes, interpretive case law and FTC guidance on compliance issues and have counseled thousands of employers and represented hundreds of background screening providers. Notably, Seyfarth team members have testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about the use of credit checks as a screening tool for job applicants. Furthermore, the team has worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and SHRM to reform and revise provisions of the FCRA that unintentionally restricted workplace investigations. These efforts were rewarded by amendments to the FCRA to change those provisions.

To learn more about Seyfarth’s Background Screening Compliance & Litigation Team visit here.

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw has more than 900 attorneys in 15 offices providing a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. Seyfarth’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and reflect virtually every industry and segment of the economy. A recognized leader in delivering value and innovation for legal services, Seyfarth has earned numerous accolades from a variety of highly respected industry associations, consulting firms and media.

Contacts:

Brian Kiefer, Director of Public Relations

(312) 460-6401, bkiefer@seyfarth.com

Martin Grego, Public Relations Manager

(312) 460-6659, mgrego@seyfarth.com