Hire Image LLC was founded in 2005, and is based in Rhode Island. The company offers employment background screening services, industry-specific background, international and tenant screening and post-hire services in the United States. According to its website, Hire Image “works with clients from all across the country in all types of industries” and obtains background information from over 15,000 courts across the United States every day. The company boasts that its “advanced technology makes the screening process fast, simple and affordable” and that its turnaround times are between 24 and 72 hours, making it “one of the most reliable agencies in the industry.”
Hire Image provides virtually every type of screening and background check by using the applicant’s name, birth date and social security number including:
- Sex offender registry
- County, state, national, and federal criminal checks
- County and federal civil checks
- Global Watchlist Search
- Driving records
- National and international employment and education checks
- Personal and professional references
- Drug checks
- Credit checks
- Social Security number tracing
The company also offers new hire and post-employment screening. This includes identity and immigration status verifications, employee audits and monitoring, random drug testing, and risk and compliance checks. The company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).
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Whether you get hired or promoted often depends on the information learned from an employment background check. A background check can come in many shapes and sizes. It may be as simple as verifying your social security number. Or it may include a detailed report of your credit and criminal history, or even information gathered from interviews of your friends and neighbors about your character and reputation.
Whatever the scope of the background check, the FCRA sets strict standards for how employers and background check companies get consent for and conduct background checks, and what they can do with the information they find.
If a background check company like Hire Image fails to meet those standards, the FCRA gives you rights.
Common Mistakes On Employee Background Checks:
Background checks are susceptible to errors. Individuals who handle public and private data about you can make mistakes and computer systems can also fail to to be accurate. Here are some of the most common causes for inaccurate info showing on your report:
- Wrong or incomplete data in original documents
- Typos such as number transposition
- Copying, filing, and search mistakes
- File corruption in computer system
- Duplicate information
- Outdated negative information
- Mistaken identity
- Identity theft
What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
You have a right to know if an employer will use information from a background check against you and an employer cannot obtain background check information without your express written consent.
A background check company cannot hand over your information to an employer unless the employer certifies that: (1) it has “clearly and conspicuously” disclosed to you in a separate document that it may obtain a background check; (2) you have authorized it to get the background check; and (3) it will provide you with advance notice of any adverse action based in any part on the background check report, a copy of the report, and a summary of your rights under the FCRA.
If an employer takes “adverse action” against you by denying you a job based partly or completely on information in a background check report, the employer must give you notice of that fact. The adverse action notice must include the contact information for the background check company and an explanation of your rights to dispute the report.
Can criminal convictions appear on my background check after 7 years?
Yes, but a background check company must take reasonable steps to ensure its report is as accurate as possible. The FCRA also puts limits on the negative information a tenant screening report can include. A report cannot list civil suits, judgments, arrest records, paid tax liens, accounts in collection or most other negative information after 7 years, or bankruptcies after 10 years. It also cannot list expunged convictions. However misdemeanor or felony criminal convictions that go on record and are accurate can stay on your background check indefinitely.
If you don’t get a job because of information in a background check report, you are entitled to a copy of the report. You also have the right to dispute the report if it has errors or includes information it shouldn’t. If you dispute a report, the background check company must investigate and correct any errors within 30 days.
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If you lost out on a job or promotion because a Hire Image background check report included inaccurate or illegal information, you may be able to sue in federal court. If you sue and win, you may be entitled to your actual damages or statutory damages up to $1,000, plus punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.
Hardworking people just like you who lost job opportunities due to an inaccurate or unfair Hire Image employment background check report have already sued the company for FCRA violations. Justia lists at least one federal FCRA civil lawsuits against Hire Image that alleges violations of the FCRA due to improper employment screening reports.
On February 14, 2008, a consumer sued Hire Image in the federal district court for the Northern District of Illinois for violating the FCRA in connection with an employment background check and that he lost employment opportunities and suffered emotional distress, reputational harm and other damages. The complainant alleged that a staffing company offered him a job subject to a background check. Hire Image prepared the background check but failed to use reasonable procedures to ensure the maximum accuracy possible of the report as the FCRA requires. According to the complainant, Hire Image falsely listed two felony convictions on the complainant’s report when, in fact, the convictions belonged to someone else with a similar, but different name, different birth date and identifying information. Hire Image also failed to inform the complainant it was providing the criminal history information to the staffing company or to provide him a copy of the report until after he obtained confirmation from the local police department through a fingerprint criminal history report that he had no criminal record and provided it to Hire Image.
This case is similar to FCRA lawsuits filed by other complainants against companies like Hire Image. Many of those lawsuits allege that background check companies failed to take reasonable steps to verify criminal background information and, as a result, falsely listed felony convictions, including expunged, outdated, or misidentified the subject of the report. Some complaints allege that background check reports contained inaccurate educational, work, driving, credit or other personal information that the background check company was not responsive or did not properly handle disputes about inaccurate information. Some complainants have filed their lawsuits as class action complaints, on behalf of themselves and similarly situated people
Hire Image LLC
6 Alcazar Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919
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