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

18 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.

    • michelle moore says:

      I need to be added

      ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

      To be added you must file a claim following the instructions provided.

  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.

  9. Jacqueline Brown says:

    I applied for a job but didn’t get hired. Waste of time
    Never got arrested. Applied again 6months later because they were advertising they were hiring. Again didn’t get hired

    ADMIN – Hi Jacqueline,

    If you are a member of the class please consider filing a claim.

  10. Tracy roberson says:

    I appt for job with never hear thing and I don’t have backgrounds.

    ADMIN – Hi Tracy,

    If you believe you are a class member consider filing a claim.

  11. Camilla Jueden says:

    I applied and never got hired back after Seasonal Work
    , also I dont have a claim #

    ADMIN – Hi Camilla,

    If you otherwise meet the requirements specified under class eligibility consider filing a claim.

  12. James byrnes says:

    I want for a job. But was not hired .i guess I failed

    ADMIN – Hi James,

    Review the terms under class eligibility. If you qualify, consider filing a claim.

  13. Terry says:

    I applied and wasn’t hired, but I didn’t get a e-mail with claim number.

    ADMIN – Hi Terry,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  14. SAMANTHA NEAL says:

    I haven’t recieve a post card however, I know I filled out applications previously along includef a background check.

    ADMIN – Hi Samantha,

    Refer to the official page to see if you qualify.

  15. Lloyd Gabumpa says:

    How can I find my Claim No.?

    ADMIN – Hi Lloyd,

    By reaching out to the class action administrator.

  16. Samantha Shatilla says:

    I applied and did not receive any response

    ADMIN – Hi Samantha,

    Did you get a confirmation #?

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