Employment Background Check Errors

Schaumburg Employment Background Check Error Lawyers

Helping You Challenge Inaccurate Employment Screenings

Have you been denied employment because of a mistake on your background check? The Schaumburg employment background check error attorneys at Attorney Joseph P. Doyle can help. Our legal team fights to protect the rights of prospective and current employees throughout the state of Illinois who have been affected by inaccurate reports.

Contact Attorney Joseph P. Doyle to learn more about your rights during a free initial consultation.

How Background Check Errors Happen

Many employers in the United States rely on criminal background and credit checks to screen job applicants. While this practice has many benefits, occasionally a prospective employee will be questioned about their past or even denied work entirely only to find out that the information reported about them was inaccurate. This is especially common among those who have common names.

Such errors can seriously damage your job prospects. For instance, you may be wrongfully listed as having a criminal record even though you have never been arrested. Therefore, it is essential to correct any mistakes as soon as they appear or are made known.

Employers Have Obligations Under the Law

Employers cannot run a background check on a current or prospective employee unless they obtain written permission to do so. Therefore, you should always be aware of when a background check is being conducted.

If your current or prospective employer decides to deny you a job, fire you, or take another action against you based on information they gathered from a background check, they are legally required to:

  • Provide you with a “pre-adverse action” disclosure along with a copy of the report.
  • Give you an “adverse action” notice after taking action against you.

If these requirements are not followed, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

How to Dispute Background Check Errors

Because background check companies must follow the guidelines provided by the FCRA, individuals have the right to dispute items that are not accurate. If a background check company does not comply with your reasonable requests to update your information, you can bring a lawsuit against them.

To dispute information on your background check:

  • Write a letter explaining why the information is incorrect.
  • Send the letter to the background check company responsible for the misinformation along with any evidence you have.
  • To best protect yourself, send the letter by certified mail or fax and always keep hard copies of all correspondence.
  • Consult with a local attorney experienced in employment law and background check matters.

The Schaumburg employment background check error lawyers at Attorney Joseph P. Doyle are ready to fight uncooperative background check companies on your behalf.

Let Us Help You Correct Your Background Check Errors

If you believe your rights have been violated due to errors in a background check, the legal team at Attorney Joseph P. Doyle is here to help. We look forward to discussing your case and legal options during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Contact us online or call (312) 957-8077 to schedule a free consultation today.

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