Lawsuit: inaccurate background check cost applicant position with home improvement chain

By John Suayan | Jan 11, 2019

HOUSTON – Alleging that he lost out on a job with a home improvement chain because of an inaccurate background screening report, local resident Michael Chicosky has filed a lawsuit.

Houston federal court records show that Chicosky initiated legal action against First Advantage Corp. on Jan. 10.

Late last year, the plaintiff applied with Lowe’s, which, in turn, submitted his information to the Atlanta-based company.

Lowe’s, which is not a party in the litigation, reportedly turned Chicosky due to criminal activity contained in the report.

“According to the report, Plaintiff had a drug trafficking charge,” the original petition says. “However, the information provided by the defendant to Lowe’s is inaccurate. The charge was actually a minor traffic offense.”

The suit adds that the report “contains damaging information to (Chicosky’s) character and reputation.”

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by Jody B. Burton of Lemberg Law, L.L.C. in Wilton, Conn.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:19-CV-0088

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