Background Check Errors and False Employment Reports

Did an Error on a Background Check Cause You to Lose a Job?

Most employers use background checks and other pre-employment screenings during the hiring process. Once you have a job offer, you generally have to wait for the background check results before you can start. Most people do not anticipate that their background check will have errors. Sadly, mistakes on background checks are common and can keep you from getting a job.

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What If My Background Check Contains Incorrect Information?

If your background check has errors, you have the right to dispute those errors with the background check company or the employment reporting agency that provided them.

3 Common Background Check Errors

Background Check Errors Cause Job Loss

  • Incorrect Criminal Record on a background check
  • Outdated Information that should no longer be reported on a background check
  • Mistaken Identity, the criminal record of someone else is on your background check

Mistakes on background checks can cause you to be denied credit, housing, or employment.

Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA

  • You must be notified if a background check or employment report has been used against you.
  • You are entitled to a copy of your background check
  • You have the right to dispute any errors on your background check
  • Mistakes on your background check must be corrected or removed within 30 days of your dispute.
  • Employers or potential employers must have written consent from you to run a background check
  • You may sue background check companies and consumer reporting agencies that violate the FCRA

How To Dispute Background Check Mistakes

Most background check companies have an area on their websites where you can fill out a form and submit any documents that you may have to prove that they are wrong about their report. You may also file a dispute by mail, or over the phone.

TIP: When you dispute background check mistakes through the mail, be sure that any documents you send are copies. Do not send your originals.

How Long Does It Take to Dispute a Background Check?

Disputing a background check can take up to 30 days. According to the laws under the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) Background check companies and employment reporting agencies have 30 days to correct any mistakes on your background check once you have submitted a dispute.

Can I Sue Over and Incorrect Background Check?

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) you have the right to sue the background check company for damages that have been caused by the mistakes that they had reported on your background check.
Find out if you have a case due to mistakes on your background check now. Get a free case evaluation, no obligation, and no out of pocket costs. If you have a case we only get paid when you win.

Help From a Consumer Protection Law Firm for Background Check Errors

Have you lost a job or been denied housing due to errors on your background check or employment report?
Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. has your back! For over 20 years we have successfully handled hundreds of cases involving consumers, like you, that have lost jobs, housing, or credit as a result of an inaccurate background check or employment report.

Fill out the online form for a free case review, or call us right now at 1-877-735-8600. There are no out of pocket costs to you, call us and let us get to work for you, so you can take your life back.

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