HireSafe Background Check – Dispute False Info or Errors
Unfair Employment Background Checks: Know Your Rights
HireSafe is one of numerous employment background check agencies you’re likely to face during your job search. Find out who they are, what they do, and what rights you have under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
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What is HireSafe?
HireSafe is a division of Data Research Network, Inc. It was founded in 1997 and is based in California. The company offers employment background screening services. According to HireSafe’s website, it “has over 20 years of experience providing compliant pre-employment background check services.” The company’s background checks are entirely online.
HireSafe provides virtually every type of screening and background check. Its pre-employment offerings include criminal and terroristsearches, education and employment verifications, motor vehicle records, credit reports, drug and health screenings, reference and license checks, and Social Security number tracing.
The company also offers new hire and post-employment screening. This includes identity and immigration status verifications and drug testing. The company is a “founding member” of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).
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 HireSafe fails to meet those standards, the FCRA gives you rights.
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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.
Your Right to a Mistake Free and Legally-Compliant Report From HireSafe
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 background check report can include. A report cannot list civil suits, judgments, arrest records, paid tax liens, accounts in collection or most other negative information (except criminal convictions) after 7 years, or bankruptcies after 10 years. It also cannot list expunged convictions
Your Right to Dispute Dispositions and Discrepancies on an unfair HireSafe Report
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.
Your Right to Sue HireSafe if your report includes inaccurate or illegal info
If you lost out on a job or promotion because a 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.
Actual Complaints Against HireSafe
Hardworking people just like you who lost job opportunities due to an inaccurate or unfair HireSafe employment background check report have already sued the company for FCRA violations. Justia lists at least 1 federal civil lawsuits against HireSafe that allege violations of the FCRA due to improper employment screening reports.
For example, on December 16, 2014, a consumer sued HireSafe in the federal district court for the Southern District of Texas 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 while she worked a temporary assignment for Paragon Offshore Services, LLC, the company told her of a permanent position that would soon be available. The complainant applied to the position and as part of the application process, Paragon obtained a background check, but failed to provide the FCRA- required disclosure that the background check report would be used in the hiring decision. HireSafe 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, HireSafe listed an outdated conviction on the complainant’s report. Based on the HireSafe report and without providing a pre-adverse event notice as the FCRA required, Paragon then abruptly terminated the complainant’s job offer and permanent employment and notified her that she could remain as a temporary contractor only until the company found a replacement.
This lawsuit is similar to FCRA lawsuits filed by other complainants against companies like HireSafe. 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.
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About the Author:
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.