Minnesota Inaccurate Background Check Lawyer
Has a current or prospective employer brought an adverse action against you based on information that was clearly inaccurate in a background check?
Background checks include details about your employment history, credit report, driving record and criminal record, if any. Credit reports contain information about your credit history and public records – a judgment, a lien, a bankruptcy – and are sold to employers that decide whether to hire you, fire you, promote you, demote you or transfer you based on these reports.
For these important reasons, background checks of any kind should be accurate. When yours is not, you have rights that must be protected when a job opportunity is lost.
Our skilled consumer law firm in Minnesota, Wisconsin and nationwide protects those rights every day. We are the Consumer Justice Center. Since 1996, attorney Tommy Lyons has dedicated his career to safeguarding the interests of hardworking people who have been treated unjustly in the marketplace. His track record of success is proof of his commitment.
The Consumer Justice Center delivers innovative legal services and personal attention on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fees or costs unless we win your case.
FCRA Rules On Employment Background Checks
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates the use of employment background checks. When an employer does not comply with responsibilities spelled out in the law – and you are not allowed to refute inaccurate information, and your employment and financial prospects suffer as a result – you can sue for money damages, by yourself or as part of a class action lawsuit.
Employers running background checks typically violate the FCRA in one of two ways – first, by obtaining a credit report without your permission. Under the FCRA, employers must notify you before obtaining a credit report and obtain your written permission to do so.
Second, if an employer does plan on taking adverse action against you, it must give you an adverse action notification, including a copy of the credit report that it relied on as well as a copy of the Federal Trade Commission’s brochure, A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
How Criminal Records Can/Cannot Be Used Under The FCRA
Employment background checks will typically look at consumer reports and criminal records when screening prospective employees. Although it is illegal for an employer to use a criminal record as the only reason for denying employment, a criminal record may be used as part of the overall evaluation of an employee.
Have You Suffered An Adverse Action As A Result Of A Background Check? Fight Back!
If an employer/prospective employer has taken adverse action against you, including rejecting your job application, firing you, denying a promotion or reassigning you, the Consumer Justice Center will fight for you.
Our skilled legal team, led by attorney Tommy Lyons, is an aggressive champion of the underdog, of the Davids who must confront corporate and government Goliaths when righteous battles must be fought – whether one person has been defrauded by a financial institution or a number of people seek to respond to unjust treatment.