We’ve all filled out applications that have boilerplate fine print about authorizing the employer to conduct a background check. But did you know that there are specific guidelines that employers must follow in giving notice to the applicant or employee that they are conducting a background check and rules that govern how an employer can turn down an applicant because of the results of the background check?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lays out specific procedures that employers must follow or face stiff civil penalties to any applicant that was not given proper notice of the background check or was denied a job without the employer giving the applicant a chance to challenge the results of the background check. In fact, many large sophisticated employers are unaware that these requirements in the FCRA even exist. If you were not given fair notice of a background check by a prospective or current employer, or if you were turned down for a job because of the results of a background check, contact us for a free consultation.