GEO Group Class Action Settlement

Welcome to the GEO Group FCRA Settlement Website

 

If You Worked for or Applied to Work for GEO Group, Inc. and GEO Obtained a Consumer Report (Also Known as a “Background Check”) Regarding You and You Were Not Hired or Were Terminated, Based in Whole or in Part on the Information GEO Obtained, and You Did Not Receive Timely Notices as Required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, From October 30, 2010 Through September 30, 2017, Then Your Rights Could Be Affected By A Proposed Class Action Settlement.

Plaintiffs claim in this lawsuit that the Defendant violated Plaintiffs’ rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) by using Consumer Reports in employment decisions without ensuring that each affected candidate or employee received timely and complete notices under the Fair Credit Reporting Act that information in a Consumer Report might cause Defendant to make an adverse employment decision. Defendant denies that it did anything wrong, and contends that even if it did do anything wrong, Plaintiffs and the Class Members are not entitled to any money as a result of the Consumer Reports that were obtained.

The Court did not decide in favor of Plaintiffs or Defendant. Instead, both sides agreed to a Settlement. That way, they avoid the costs, risks and uncertainties associated with a trial, and the people affected will get compensation. The Class Representatives and Class Counsel think the Settlement is best for all Class Members and that the terms and conditions of the settlement are fair, reasonable, and adequate.

 

YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

OPTION A. Submit a Claim Form Before December 26, 2017

You must submit a Claim Form to receive payment under the Settlement. You must submit a Claim Form by December 26, 2017 to receive money.

OPTION B. Do Nothing

You get no payment. You give up your right to sue Defendant on these claims.

OPTION C. Exclude Yourself

If exclude yourself from the Settlement (opt-out), you will not be bound by the Settlement or judgment and will not be entitled to a cash payment. You will be free to pursue your claims against the Defendant. This is the only option that allows you to bring or be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendant in this case about the same legal claims that are advanced in this case. You must exclude yourself from the Settlement by December 11, 2017.

Comment on (Including Objecting to) the Settlement:

If you do not exclude yourself, you may write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement. You may also appear in Court to explain why you don’t like the Settlement. You cannot both exclude yourself and object. If the Court rejects your objection, you will still be bound by the terms of the Settlement. You must send a written objection to the Court postmarked no later than December 11, 2017.

Final Approval Hearing

On February 23, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York will hold a fairness hearing at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York 11201, in Courtroom 13D to determine whether the Class was properly certified and whether the proposed Settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable. The Court will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing.  The Court may also decide how much to pay Class Counsel.  This hearing may be continued or rescheduled by the Court without further notice.  We do not know how long it will take the Court to give its decision.

 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Date

Claim Filing Deadline

December 26, 2017

Objection Deadline

December 11, 2017

Exclusion Request Submission Deadline

December 11, 2017

Final Approval Hearing

February 23, 2018 in Courtroom 13D