Incorrect background checks can derail employment opportunities

Undergoing a background check is nearly always required when seeking employment in the 21st century. Employers use the information background reports contain to determine the trustworthiness of applicants.

Those who have never been in trouble do not think twice about submitting to a background check. Imagine how shocked they are to learn that the screening has uncovered criminal activity. Unfortunately, far more background checks deliver incorrect data than most people believe.

What are some common errors?

According to a 2019 report from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), it is common for background checks to confuse the subject of the report with someone else. Other inaccuracy errors are:

  • Misclassifying a charge
  • Listing one charge multiple times
  • Including expunged or sealed records
  • Failing to include details about dismissed charges

The NCLC report suggests that if steps are not taken to monitor background check companies (and hold them accountable), consumers will continue to experience employment and housing hardships.

Can inaccuracies affect hiring?

Employers are not permitted to use criminal records as the sole reason for denying a job to qualified candidates. However, they may consider it when weighing the pros and cons of hiring someone. As you might imagine, some employers remain hesitant to hire applicants with a criminal record. They may move on to another candidate before the error is corrected.

What can you do about background check flaws?

In most situations, a prudent course of action is to seek guidance from someone who understands consumer protection law. Together, you and your counsel can explore the options to discover a solution that serves your best interests. It is also wise to learn about consumer protection laws in Minnesota.

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