Columbus Background Check Lawyer (FCRA)
Our office understands that the thought of having your employer or your prospective employer run a background check on you can be nerve-racking because oftentimes our credit reports may have mistakes or inaccuracies in them. Because of the prevalence of mistakes contained in credit reports, employees and prospective employees have rights if an employer or prospective employer is going to use background checks when making employment decisions. Contact our Columbus background check lawyer if you have any questions.
Ohio Background Checks Laws
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has strict requirements for employers who decide that they will obtain a background check (also known as consumer reports). When an employer uses a consumer reporting agency to compile credit reports or criminal background reports, the employer must follow these guidelines:
- Disclose to you that a consumer report is being requested for employment purposes;
- Obtain authorization from you to obtain the consumer report;
- Provide a copy of the consumer report and a copy of the Summary of your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act before making any employment decisions, such as whether to hire, retain, promote, based on the background check (Link to Summary of Rights under FCRA); and
- Notify the applicant or employee of any decision based on the background check and make other disclosures regarding from which consumer reporting agency it obtained the background check.
Employers making employment decisions based upon background checks must take all the steps listed above. Failure to take any of the above steps is a violation of the FCRA. If your employer has not fulfilled these requirements, you should contact our Columbus Ohio background check lawyer.
Enlist an Experienced Columbus FCRA Lawyer
We understand that the information above may be confusing or you may have unanswered questions about whether your employer violated your rights when it ran a background check. If you have any questions about background checks, contact our office at 1-614-949-1181 for a free consultation with a Columbus Ohio background check lawyer. We look forward to the opportunity to address your issues.