Errors on your Background Checks?
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.
Employers and landlords rely on these reports when making decisions about applicants. This means that an error on your background check can mean being denied opportunities and cause you serious pain, frustration and financial loss.
Common Errors or Inaccuracies on Background Checks
Some of the more common errors/inaccuracies on background checks can be: inaccurate criminal records; inaccurate court records; wrongful evictions; and even someone else’s negative information being “merged” with yours. These errors have a serious impact on you and your reputation. For instance, if you were previously convicted of a misdemeanor, but the background check is inaccurately listing your case as a “felony”, you could end up losing out on the new job you were looking for.
Or if your record was expunged, but the background check is reporting it anyway, you might not get that perfect apartment you were trying to move into. All these errors are a serious violation of your consumer rights. We can help assess your reports and potentially help you get them fixed and get you compensated.
Know your Rights under the FCRA
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.
What if my Background Check contains incorrect information?
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.
*We are not able to assist in the following areas: we cannot assist you in having your records expunged or sealed; we cannot assist you with the reporting of criminal ‘convictions’ that are more than 7 years old (see FAQ below); we cannot assist you regarding wrongful convictions; we cannot assist you with job denials due to accurate criminal backgrounds*