Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Starbucks Corporation
Current Parent Company: 
Starbucks
Penalty: 
$1,305,000
Year: 
2020
Date: 
July 16, 2020
Offense Group: 
employment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
Fair Credit Reporting Act violation
Violation Description: 

Starbucks agreed to settle this suit alleging that it systematically violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to give job applicants timely notice that consumer credit reports might be used against them in the hiring process. The settlement involved payments ranging from a $125 gift card to $840 in cash plus the gift card for each class member. No estimate of the total cost to the company was cited in the court documents. Starbucks also paid $20,000 to the class representatives and $1,285,000 for the plaintiffs' legal fees.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Northern District of Georgia
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Case ID: 
1:17-cv-3654; 1:17-cv-01730
Case Name: 
Wills v. Starbucks Corporation; Rosario v. Starbucks Corporation
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Washington
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
restaurants and foodservice
Specific Industry of Parent: 
restaurants
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Parent company note: 
Parent-subsidiary relationship is current as of the most recent revision listed in the Update Log.