Many employers now investigate new employment candidates and current employees before making any employment decisions.
To do this, employers use background checks from credit reporting agencies to review criminal histories and records of past employment. These background checks can contain false or misleading information. Regardless, candidates have a right to know if adverse information on their background report has ruined their chances of employment or caused them to lose their job.
You may have a case under the Fair Credit Reporting Act if you notice the following things on your background report:
You may also have a case if you have experienced the following procedural incidents:
There was adverse information found on your background report and you were not notified at the same time your employer was notified.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act provides victims of false background checks and misuse of these reports with a way to recover certain damages. These damages may also be recovered along with your attorney’s fees.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act provides for the recovery of reasonable attorney’s fees in successful cases. We handle these cases on a case-by-case basis. Our clients do not pay out of pocket and pay nothing unless we recover damages on their behalf.
We also pay referral fees to referring attorneys. Clients can contact our attorneys after completing the checklist below.
This information is used for us to gauge where you are in the process so we can better help you through the process.
In this important educational series, Michigan consumer law attorney Ian Lyngklip of Lyngklip & Associates discusses important considerations regarding Background Checks.