Class Eligibility

You are part of the Settlement if you applied for U.S. employment with Costco at any time from August 10, 2014, through April 17, 2017, authorized a background report, and Costco conducted a background check about you. Plaintiff alleges that Costco, to obtain background reports on job applicants, used a disclosure form that was not a stand-alone form (as the FCRA requires), but that instead contained additional information not permitted by law. If you were among the 1,510 individuals who were denied employment after review of your background report, you are considered one of the Class Members Entitled to Autopay, which means that you will get paid automatically, so long as you do not opt out of the class or object to this Settlement. If you instead were hired by Costco, you are not one of the Class Members Entitled to Autopay and, to receive a payment, you must submit a Claim Form alleging that you were harmed by the Challenged Disclosure Form.

Estimated Amount

$25 to $400

The amount you receive will depend on the number of qualified claims

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Case Name

Terrell v. Costco Wholesale Corporation,
Case No. 16-2-19140-1 SEA
Washington Superior Court in and for King County

Case Summary

The Plaintiff alleges that Costco violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when it obtained a background reports on job applicants by using a disclosure form that allegedly was not a stand-alone form as required by the FCRA. Plaintiff alleges that the use of an allegedly non-compliant disclosure form (the “Challenged Disclosure Form”) caused him harm and violated the law.

Settlement Pool





Terrell v. Costco Wholesale Corporation
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91348
Seattle, WA 98111

9 responses to “Costco Employee Background Check Class Action Settlement”

  1. Tyron Taylor says:

    Add me.

    ADMIN – Hi Tyron,

    You can add yourself by filing a claim using the form provided.

    • Trina Murray says:

      Yes i applied for employment and was not added to lawsuit

      ADMIN – Hi Trina,

      If you feel you meet the requirements set forth in the class eligibility section please file a claim.

  2. Abigail Carroll says:

    Where can I find my claim ID Number? I scoured all over my email and I can’t find it. Please someone answer ASAP

    ADMIN – Hi Abi,

    I have not seen the email myself so I can’t help you. I encourage you to contact you the class action administrator.

  3. Cathward Hibbler says:

    I work at Costco’s April of 2015 to June of 2015 so I was involved with the criminal background check check

    ADMIN – Hi Cathward,

    Thanks for letting us know. If you feel you are a member of the class consider filing a claim.

  4. Nichole Underhill says:

    I applied but never got the job bc of my background, but I’ve never been arrested.

    ADMIN – Hi Nichole,

    If you meet the requirements set forth under class eligibility consider filing a claim.

  5. Shannon Bennett says:

    I am part of class action. From costco

    ADMIN – Hi Shannon,

    If you meet the requirements set forth under class eligibility consider filing a claim using the link provided.

  6. Steve Benedek says:

    I applied for a job there and they said I was not able to get a job based on my criminal record

    ADMIN – Hi Steve,

    If you meet the requirements set forth on class eligibility please consider filing a claim

  7. Stephanie Fisher says:

    I didn’t have an email when I applied. How do I get a claim number?

    ADMIN – Hi Stephanie,

    Contact the class action administrator.

  8. Robert Parker says:

    I applied for Costco I think in 2014 and 2015 in California and I didn’t get no call or response. But when I moved to Maryland and I applied for Costco last year I got the job. So am I still in this lawsuit I received the emails and the postcard? Should I sign and mail back the postcard?

    ADMIN – Hi Rob,

    If you received the emails and postcard you are most likely a member of the class.

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