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What is Plexus Global ?
Plexus Global, LLC was founded in 2015, and is based in Riverside, California. The company offers employment background screening services worldwide. The company’s website informs site visitors that Plexus Global ‘offers flexible, tailored employment screening solutions, encompassing more than 150 different service offerings in more than 200 countries and territories.” It boasts 25 years of experience and a “level of credibility and knowledge that handles the needs of Fortune 500 companies while still serving [its] local small businesses that are vulnerable to negligent hiring.”
Plexus Global offers “global screening,” background screening, and drug screening. The company’s background screening runs the gamut from employment and education verification to civil and criminal record reporting. They also run credit reports, driving record reports, and reference checks. Plexus Global offers to check government sanctions lists, OFAC and terrorist watch lists, and immigration status.
There are a number of factors that come into play when an employer is considering whether or not to hire or promote a candidate. One of the factors may be a background screening. If so, the employer will request your permission to run a background check – even though that background check may be outsourced to a company like Plexus Global. If the background check raises a red flag, then the employer may offer the position to someone else.
You should know that the employer is bound by a law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). They’re allowed to use a background check when making a hiring decision, but the employer must abide by the statute’s provisions, which seek to balance the employer’s need to know with your rights. If the employer violates the FCRA, they can be on the receiving end of a lawsuit in federal court.
In the same vein, a background check company like Plexus Global is also required to meet the standards outlined in the FCRA. If they fail to do so, then you have the right to sue them in federal court.
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What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act emphasizes disclosure and consent. In order to meet the disclosure requirements of the law, an employer must provide you with a separate document that outlines their intention of obtaining a background check. This requirement exists so that it is clear to you that the employer is requesting a background check.
In order to meet the consent requirements, you must sign the document giving the employer permission to obtain a background check.
The employer might ask a company like Plexus Global to run one or a variety of types of background checks. Plexus Global may, for example, check your prior employment and education, or it may dig into your history with the legal or criminal justice worlds. It’s important to know that the FCRA requires an employer to attest to a background check company that the employer has met the disclosure and consent provisions of the law. Only then does the background check company hand over their report.
Your Right to an Error-Free and Legally Compliant Report from Plexus Global
When it comes to background checks, an employer has a menu of options. For example, an employer might ask Plexus Global to run a credit report. A credit report typically lists places you have lived, other names you have used, credit cards and other debt obligations, and your payment history. Another option is an investigative report. For these types of reports, the background check company typically interviews people who know you – coworkers, neighbors, and friends – to determine your reputation. A third option is a compilation of all information that’s available. This could include all of the above, plus criminal history, immigration status, and various “watch” lists.
While it might seem as though your life is an open book to a background check company like Plexus Global, the Fair Credit Reporting Act does tap the brakes on some types of information. For example, your credit report can’t go back further than seven years, although a bankruptcy that’s up to ten years old can be listed. While criminal convictions don’t have time limits, other legal matters – whether civil or criminal – can’t be included if they’re more than seven years old.
Under the law, a background check company must take steps to ensure the accuracy of its report. They can’t simply skim the surface.
Your Right to Dispute an Unfair Report from Plexus Global
If your background check leads an employer to shy away from hiring or promoting you, you have a right to know. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the employer to send you a written notification, along with the background report and a notice of your rights under the FCRA.
One of the rights you have under the FCRA is to dispute incorrect items on your background report. It you spot inaccurate information, you should notify both the employer and the background check company. Once you have filed a dispute with Plexus Global, the company has 30 days to investigate the dispute and correct any mistakes.
Your Right to Sue Plexus Global
Another of your rights under the FCRA is your right to take a background check company to court for errors or inappropriate information that causes you to be passed over for a job or promotion. FCRA cases are filed in federal court. If you sue and win, you can be awarded up to $1,000 in statutory damages, actual damages, punitive damages, and court costs and legal fees.
It’s devastating to lose a job or promotion due to mistakes on a background report. Know that you are not alone, and that there are many people who have successfully brought lawsuits against background check companies for violating the FCRA.
In many cases, the lawsuits allege that the background check company didn’t do a thorough job. As a result, the company might have listed criminal convictions that were expunged, mixed up two people with the same name, or included outdated information in the report. In other cases, the lawsuits allege that the background check contained errors, and that the company was unresponsive when the consumer filed a dispute. In cases where the background check company has a track record of the same kind of illegal maneuver, a group of consumers may file a class action lawsuit to seek relief.
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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.