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Meeting of October 20, 2010 - Employer Use of Credit History as a Screening Tool

Pamela Q. Devata Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Ms. Devata is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she specializes in all aspects of employment defense including counseling, training, and litigation. Ms. Devata helps employers with all issues relating to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, among others. During her nine years of legal practice, Ms. Devata has developed a particular emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws affecting background screening. She counsels both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) of background information on compliance requirements under the FCRA and various related state and local laws, and also provides defense counsel when issues are raised regarding the appropriateness of certain practices. She is the chair of Seyfarth Shaw's FCRA Litigation and Counseling Team, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.