Amazon is facing a potential class action lawsuit in California after plaintiffs alleged it illegally used the state’s online sex offender database when conducting background checks on potential applicants for jobs in the company.
Law 360 reported that in one example, a registered sex offender filed documents in federal court in California alleging that Amazon used a background check provider, which unlawfully used information found in the database of state sex offenders to deny him a job based on a prior rape conviction.
The bias lawsuit barred the plaintiff and others from getting jobs at the company, including at its distribution centers, according to the lawsuit, as Reuters reported.
According to Bloomberg Law, the lawsuit, which targets both Amazon and the background check company it uses, could turn into a potential class action lawsuit against the two entities.
Miguel Lerma Jr. is named in court documents to sue Amazon.com Services LLC, Amazon Logistics Inc and Accurate Background Inc.
Lerma claims he worked at an Amazon fulfillment center in California as a seasonal employee. Yet her conditional full-time job offer was revoked when Accurate Background uncovered her rape accusation in 2011.