Background checks are done to see if you qualify for employment, housing, or other necessary needs. Most of the time, the company you are applying with orders these reports from a “consumer reporting agency” who prepares and sells these background checks, such as Checkr, HireRight, Sterling, Applicant Insight, GoodHire, First Advantage, etc.
Did you know the companies who order these background checks AND the companies that provide them have duties to YOU under the Fair Credit Reporting Act? For example, a company must obtain your consent in writing to order a background check. You are also entitled to a copy of your background check and have a right to dispute any errors. If you dispute an error, the background check provider must investigate and correct or remove any errors within 30 days.
If any of these duties are not met, you have a right to sue! If your background check is inaccurate and it cost you a job offer, an apartment, or harmed your life, you may be entitled to damages. If you’ve been denied a job or a home due to inaccurate or false information on your background check, we can help. For no cost to you, we can evaluate your reports for FREE and, if necessary, help you move forward with an action to make sure your report is corrected and you are compensated for your loss.