Many jobs these days require that you permit the employer to conduct a credit report, criminal history report or other background check before they decide whether to hire you.
What if the employer performs a background check on you and you don't get the job?
Frequently, what happens, is that the employer just lets you know that your application was rejected because of the background check but won't tell you why. This situation is very frustrating and leaves people in the dark as to what is in their report that is damaging and whether what is in the report is accurate.
There are laws that protect people from these situations that are not well known to employers who utilize background and criminal checks in their hiring processes. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that before any check is performed on you that the employer must get your permission, give you a copy of the report and a summary of your rights under the law before rejecting your application and send you certain notices if it decides not to hire or promote you based on the report.
Many companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You should call the employment lawyers at Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C. for a free consultation if you suspect that you have been rejected for a job or fired because of a background check.