What is this lawsuit about?
Plaintiffs allege that Hertz violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) in two ways. First, Plaintiffs allege that Hertz failed to provide proper legally required disclosures to individuals before obtaining background checks on them for employment purposes. Second, Plaintiffs allege that Hertz failed to provide individuals with a copy of their background checks and a notice of their rights before allegedly taking adverse employment action against them.
Hertz disputes Plaintiffs’ allegations and denies all liability to Plaintiffs and the Settlement Class. In the lawsuit, Hertz has denied Plaintiffs’ allegations and has raised a number of defenses to the claims asserted. No court has found Hertz to have violated the law in any way. No court has found that the Plaintiffs could recover any certain amount in this litigation.
Although the Court has authorized Notice to be given of the proposed Settlement, the Notice does not express the opinion of the Court on the merits of the claims or defenses asserted by either side in the lawsuit.
Who is included?
There are three Categories of the Settlement Class, which are defined in detail in FAQ 5. The Settlement Class is defined as: all persons who applied for employment with the Hertz Corporation or Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. in the United States at any time from August 21, 2013 to September 8, 2016, and who are members of Category 1, 2 and/or 3. Membership in the Settlement Class, and Categories, will be determined based upon Hertz's records.
If you meet the definition of Category 1 or 2, you will be eligible to receive a payment without submitting a claim form. If you meet the definition of Category 3, you must return a claim form to receive a payment. All Settlement Class Members will be bound to the releases contained in the Settlement Agreement unless they opt out.
If you received a postcard notice in the mail, Hertz’s records indicate you are a member of the Settlement Class. Your postcard notice indicates what Category you are a member of. If you are not certain as to whether you are a member of the Settlement Class, or which Category you are a member of, you may contact the Settlement Administrator to find out. In all cases, the question of class membership will be determined based on Hertz’s records.
How do I participate?
In order to qualify and receive benefits, Category 3 Settlement Class Members needed to either submit the Claim Form attached to their postcard notice via mail, or complete a Claim Form online, by July 15, 2019. The deadline for submitting a claim has passed. Category 1 and 2 Settlement Class Members did not need to do anything to receive benefits.