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What is ACRANET?
ACRANET, Inc.was founded in 1996, and is based in Spokane, Washington. The company offers employment and other background screening services. It boasts “over 100 years of experience in the consumer reporting industry.” According to its website, “[t]hrough a thorough understanding of how searches really work combined with strong relationships in a number of fields, ACRANET has developed the most effective and accurate reporting methods in the industry.”
The company offers tenant screening, employment screening, and mortgage services. For employment screening, ACRANET can provide a criminal report that draws upon information found in multi-state searches, the terrorist watch list, international criminal searches, as well as county, state, and federal criminal searches. ACRANET also provides employers with candidates’ address and name history, driver’s license verification, immigration status. The company can conduct a number of other verifications, including employment and education history, references, income, and professional licensing.
ACRANET also works with governmental agencies and contractors to vet employees, contractors, and guests.
An employment background check can determine whether or not you get hired or promoted. A background check can be as simple as verifying your social security number, or as complicated as scouring your social media accounts. It may include a detailed report of your credit and criminal history – and you may never know whether or not the information contain in the report is correct.
However detailed the background check might be, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) protects you. It sets standards that require employers to get your consent for background checks. It also covers what a potential employer can and can’t do with the information they find.
If a background check company like ACRANET fails to meet those standards, the FCRA gives you the right to sue.
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What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
An employer can’t go behind your back to obtain a background check. According to the law, you have to give written consent in order for them to do so. If you give them permission and they use the information they receive to deny you employment, they must tell you so.
In order for ACRANET to abide by the law in sending a potential employer your background check, the employer must attest to a number of conditions. For example, they must say that they’ve told you that they would like to run a background check and that you have authorized them to do so. In addition, they must say that they’ll provide you with a copy of your report if they use that information to deny you a job.
Your Right to an Accurate and Legally-Compliant Report
ACRANET must take appropriate steps to ensure its report is as accurate as possible.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act limits the kind of negative information reported in a background check. For example, your background check can’t list lawsuits, judgments, arrest records, and debt collection activity that’s seven or more years old. It also can’t list a bankruptcy that is more than ten years old.
Your Right to Dispute Dispositions and Discrepancies on an Unfair Report from ACRANET
It’s not fair to be penalized for something in your background report if you don’t have a chance to see the item and contest it. That’s why the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires an employer to provide you with a copy of your background check report if they use the information contained within it to deny you a job or promotion.
Under the law, you have a right to file a dispute if you believe your background check had an error. When you do, ACRANET or another background check company has 30 days to investigate and correct the errors.
Your Right to Sue ACRANET if Your Report Includes Mistakes, Inaccurate, or Illegal Info
If you lost out on a job or promotion because a background check report included inaccurate information or information prohibited by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you may be able to sue in federal court. If you prevail, you may be awarded statutory damages up to $1,000 or actual damages, along with punitive damages, attorney fees, and court costs.
The idea of suing a big background company can feel daunting. The truth is, hardworking people just like you who have lost job opportunities due to an inaccurate or unfair employment background check report have already brought companies like ACRANET to court for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Many times, the lawsuits charge that companies that conduct background checks didn’t take reasonable steps to verify criminal background information. The result? The background report listed non-existent or expunged felony convictions, or incorrectly identified the person with the convictions. Some complaints allege that background check reports contained mistaken information about educational, work, driving, or credit histories. Others revolve around the ineffective manner in which the background check company handled – or didn’t handle – disputes about inaccurate information.
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