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What is Docusearch.com ?
Docusearch.com is a registered d/b/a of Arcanum Investigations, Inc., a private investigations firm. It was founded in 1995, andhas been on the Internet for more than 20 years. The company is based in Virginia and employment background screening services. Docusearch.com boasts that it is staffed by licensed private investigators who perform all searches by hand searches and that the company has “access to information normally reserved for law enforcement personnel.”
The company provides many types of screenings and background checks. Its pre-employment offerings include criminal and bankruptcy searches, identity verification, and Social Security number validation.
Docusearch.com also performs tenant background checks, searches for hidden assets, civil records searches and other public records searches.
The possibility of being denied your dream job because of an issue on your background check may never have crossed your mind. The sad truth is that an employment background check from Docusearch.com or another company might be a dealbreaker and prevent you from being offered the job you so desperately want.
The truth is, background check companies are run by people, and people can make errors. The errors can range from cases of mistaken identity to including outdated information to turning a blind eye to disputed reports.
That’s where the Fair Credit Reporting Act comes in. The FCRA says that a potential employer has to be transparent if they use a background check as part of their hiring decision. And, you have the right to know if the employer is considering not hiring you because of something in your background check. Most importantly, if the background check company included inaccurate or illegal information in your report, you may be able to sue them in federal court and recover money.
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What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
Your rights to disclosure and consent are key provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In order to run an employment background check, a potential employer must first provide you with a standalone notification. Then, you must provide your consent by signing the document authorizing the background check.
The second set of rights pertains to actions the employer must take if your background check report – whether produced by Docusearch.com or another company – contains detrimental information. If the employer intends to use the information in the report to refrain from hiring you, they must send you a pre-adverse action notice, a copy of your background check report, and a notification of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Your Right to a Mistake Free and Legally-Compliant Report From Docusearch.com
Once an employer notifies you of their desire to conduct an employment background check and once you agree to allow them to dig into your background, then the employer typically forwards your information to a company like Docusearch.com. Depending on the type of report requested by the employer, Docusearch.com may pull your credit report, run your social security number through a database, looking through court records for evidence of a civil lawsuit, and search through county, state, national, or international criminal records.
Every background check company, including Docusearch.com, is required to follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FCRA limits the type of information that can be included in your background check. For example, if you successfully declared bankruptcy more than ten years ago or had debt collectors hounding you more than seven years ago, that’s off-limits. If you were arrested more than seven years ago, that can’t be included, either. Criminal convictions can remain on your report forever – unless your conviction has been expunged.
Your Right to Dispute an Inaccurate Report from Docusearch.com
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the employer must notify you prior to rejecting your application on the grounds of your background check. The employer must provide you with a copy of your background report, as well as the contact information for the company that produced the report.
Thanks to the FCRA, you can file a dispute with the background check company about an inaccurate report. An error might be that they confused you with someone else of the same name, that they included information that isn’t allowed, or that they made another significant error. If you want to dispute a background check report, you should notify both the employer and the company that produced the report. That company has 30 days to look into the matter.
Your Right to Sue Docusearch.com for Mistakes, Errors, or Illegal Information
Being passed over for a job can have terrible financial consequences. If you were pass over because of an employment background check, you might have recourse. If the background check had errors or if the company didn’t respond to your dispute, the Fair Credit Reporting Act has a provision that allows you to sue the company in federal court. If you win, you can be awarded statutory damages of up to $1,000, actual damages, and punitive damages. You may also be awarded court costs and attorney fees.
Actual Complaints Against Docusearch.com
Those who are the victims of an inaccurate employment background screening report suffer tremendously. That suffering is the reason that background check companies – whether Docusearch.com or another company – are sued for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The lawsuits take many forms. For example, some lawsuits focus on allegations that a background check company didn’t do its due diligence. As a result, they listed information – such as expunged felony convictions or ancient bankruptcies – that isn’t allowed on the report. Other lawsuits claim that the background check included inaccurate information, and that the company was unresponsive with the person asserted their right to dispute the information. When there is a pattern of unfair practices, groups of consumers may join together for a class action lawsuit.
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Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.