Professional Screening & Information, Inc. or PSI runs background checks on job applicants. Know that you have rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Learn more about PSI and what to do if your rights have been violated.
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What is Professional Screening & Information – PSI ?
Professional Screening & Information, Inc. or PSI was founded in 1998, and is based in Rome, Georgia. The company offers employment background screening services in the United States and internationally. According to PSI, the idea behind the company was to provide Professionalism, Service & Integrity to every client and “by maintaining that concept, [it] has become a leader in the field of pre-employment background checks, I9 and E-Verify, immunization tracking, and employer reference checks.” Every background investigation PSI conducts “goes through a quality control process to ensure that each part of the report is evaluated for maximum possible accuracy.”
PSI’s pre-employment offerings include criminal, sex offender, and terrorist searches, education and employment verifications, motor vehicle records, credit reports, drug and health screenings, reference and license checks, and Social Security number tracing. It also conducts international searches.
This 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. They even collect and store immunization records for schools and organizations.
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A background checks can be a critical component of a hiring decision. The potential employer may ask a background check company like PSI to do a simple check – like verifying your social security number – or a much more extensive background check. The employer might ask the company to verify your employment history, ascertain your criminal history, or check to see that your education matches what is listed on your resume.
Whatever the scope of PSI’s background check, the Fair Credit Reporting Act outlines requirements for employers and background check companies to get consent for and conduct background checks. It also dictates what they can do with the information they find.
If a background check company like PSI fails to meet those standards, the FCRA gives you the right to challenge their findings and even sue them.
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What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
You have a number of rights pertaining to background checks. For example, you have the right to know if an employer uses information from a background check against you. You also have the right to refuse a background check. In order to request that PSI conduct a background check, the employer must obtain your express written consent.
This is all by way of saying that PSI cannot hand over your information to an employer unless four conditions are met: 1) the employer has given you a standalone document that indicates the employer might conduct a background check; 2) the employer has your written authorization to conduct a background check; 3) the employer says that it will provide you with advance notice if they are going to take an adverse action based on your background report; and 4) if an adverse action is taken, the employer will supply you with 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 Professional Screening & Information Inc or PSI
Under the law, PSI is required to take reasonable steps to ensure its report is as accurate as possible.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act limits the kinds of negative information a background check report can include. For example, a background report can’t list old items, such as civil suits, judgments, arrest records, paid tax liens, and debt collection accounts that are more than seven years old. It can’t list a bankruptcy that is more than 10 years old. The only type of old item a background report can list is a criminal conviction – but not a conviction that has been expunged.
Your Right to Dispute Dispositions and Discrepancies on an Unfair Report from PSI
If PSI conducted a background check and you didn’t get a job because of the contained in it, then you are entitled to receive a copy of the report. You also have the right to dispute the report if it has errors or includes information it shouldn’t contain – like old records or bankruptcies.
If you move forward with disputing a report, PSI must investigate and correct any errors within 30 days.
Your Right to Sue PSI if Your Report Includes Mistakes, Inaccurate, or Illegal Info
If you were not offered a job or promotion because your background check report contained inaccurate or illegal information, chances are good that you can sue in federal court. That is more straightforward than it appears, and can definitely be worth your while. That’s because, if you sue and win, you may be entitled to statutory damages of up to $1,000 or actual damages. In addition, you may be awarded punitive damages, attorney fees, and costs.
Actual Complaints Against PSI
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 PSI 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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