Legislative Alert: FCRA Settlements | Pot Study | Explosive Urine Test
- FCRA Costs PepsiCo Millions
- NOW Someone’s Testing!
- Drug Testing Mess
FCRA Costs PepsiCo Millions
Two cases alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) were settled this week. One by a PepsiCo subsidiary, Bottling Group LLC, and the other by Frito-Lay, another PepsiCo owned company. In the bottling case, the named plaintiff says the company did not properly notify him that a background check would be conducted after he filled out the job application. He says Pepsi failed to make the mandatory disclosure. The company has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle that case. In the second case, Frito-Lay was accused of including “impermissible extraneous information” in its disclosure forms. Frito-Lay argued that the noncompliance was not “willful” and that the electronic forms were legal because the extra information was on a different part of the screen from the actual disclosure. That said, they agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve the claim and satisfy the class of more than 38,000 applicants.
NOW Someone’s Testing!
Even though medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states, there is very little research on how the drug affects users. Even though the horse is out of the barn in more than half the country, the University of Utah is launching a study to see how the compounds in marijuana affect the human brain. Over the next two years, researchers will use brain-imaging technology to track what happens when the drug is used. They will also try to figure out why it affects people differently. The study will follow 40 adults and will combine the efforts of several departments including neuro-imaging, biostatistics and physics.
Drug Testing Mess
A Colorado woman was cited by police after what seems to be a fake urine specimen blew up in a 7-Eleven microwave! Apparently, 26-year-old Angelique Sanchez was applying for a new job and was supposed to take a drug test at a nearby lab. Police say the clerk heard a loud bang from the microwave and saw Sanchez take out a plastic bottle and push yellow liquid onto the floor. When confronted, she didn’t understand the problem because she claimed it was not real urine. According to media reports, the lab did not allow Sanchez to take the drug test that day and she is on the hook for $500 to replace the microwave.