What is this about?
A proposed class action settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging that Starbucks Corporation (“Defendant”) violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act in connection with obtaining employment-purpose consumer reports. Specifically, the Plaintiffs contend that the Defendant violated section 1681b(b)(3) of the FCRA by failing to follow all legally required steps to properly notify the subjects of those reports that a report about them had been obtained before notifying them that they were subject to an adverse employment action as a result of the reports. The lawsuit is Wills v. Starbucks Corporation, Case No. 17-cv-03654-CAP-CMS (N.D. Ga.). The Defendant denies it violated any law, and the Court has not determined who is right. The parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation. If you are a Class Member, this Settlement affects your legal rights. This website summarizes your options and deadlines to act.
Who is included in the Settlement Class?
You are a member of the Settlement Class if you fit into this group:
All persons and entities who, from December 21, 2011, through and including September 19, 2017 applied for employment with Starbucks in the United States who were the subject of a consumer report that was used by Starbucks to take an adverse employment action against such applicant.
If you fall within this group, you will be a Settlement Class Member unless you exclude yourself from the Lawsuit.
What Benefits are Available?
The Defendant has agreed to make available to all Settlement Class Members cash relief consisting of three tiers.
- Tier 1 Benefit: Class members who do not opt out of the Settlement will automatically receive a $125 Starbucks gift card and do not need to do anything to receive this benefit. After the settlement is finally approved by the Court, Starbucks will send you a code to the last email address you provided to Starbucks that can be redeemed for a $125 Starbucks gift card. You may update your email address or request to have a physical gift card mailed to you instead by clicking here.
- Tier 2 Benefit: The deadline to file a claim form for a Tier 2 Benefit (an additional $125 Starbucks gift card OR $90 by check) was May 26, 2020 and has passed.
- Tier 3 Benefit: You are eligible for an additional $750 by check if you can confirm that you lost a job Starbucks offered you because of inaccurate information in the background check they requested about you and you were unable to get any job or a similar job for at least 30 days. You will need to complete and submit a form by August 31, 2020 to claim this benefit. Click here to file a claim. If you need help, you are entitled to the assistance of class counsel at no charge to you.