With almost any job potential these days there is the requirement of a background check, screening and drug test. Your past employment, criminal record, credit history and more are obtained and scrutinized by potential employers. In many cases, any social media sites you utilize will be examined, including any photos uploaded or statements posted on the site. Almost nothing is kept private in this digital world. However, even with so much open and public information available, employers must comply with all applicable federal laws in conducting a background check. One of the major bodies of law that applies in this situation is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This is federal law that embodies any consumer reports. Background checks are considered to be a "consumer report." Therefore, for certain pieces of information employers must ask for written consent to obtain such information.
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What Kind of Information Is Looked at In a Background Check?
Many people are surprised at just how much information is acquired in a background check. Although it is understandably important to an employer that the information you present to them is accurate, there are still compliance standards that must be met. In addition, a lot of the information reviewed is stored on sites that may not be accurate. For example, credit reports can be full of errors. An attorney can help make sure your rights are maintained and assist with situations in which you believe information was inaccurate, false or illegally obtained.
Common types of information gathered in a background check, include:
- Driving or traffic record
- Criminal arrests, charges and probations
- Credit history and credit score
- Citizenship status
- Sex Offender Registry
- Social Security Number (SSN)
- Past residences or addresses
- Work history and past employers
- Bankruptcy filings
- Lawsuits or legal claims
- Military history
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At Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., in Washington, D.C., our knowledgeable employment law attorneys help clients with all types of employment law issues. This includes specific legal matters related to background checks. From disputing the accuracy of information obtained by a potential employer to violations of the FCRA and other federal law compliance issues, we will protect your rights.
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