If you’re on the hunt for a job, you may encounter ReferencePro. If ReferencePro runs a background check on you, it’s important to know your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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What is ReferencePro ?
ReferencePro LLC was founded in 2000, and is based in Spokane, Washington.The company offers employment verification screening services in the United States and internationally.
It boasts that it is “a strategic partner” to U.S. and multinational organizations in all industries and in all sizes, including small and medium sized businesses, enterprises, and Fortune 500 companies. Its “comprehensive offerings” are “customizable and scalable” to meet any company’s needs.
The company provides many types of verification services. Its offerings include employment and education verifications, and license and reference checks. It also offers international employment and reference verifications.
Were You Harmed By False Information or Errors In Your ReferencePro Report?
An employment background check can determine whether or not you get hired or promoted. A background check can be as simple as verifying your social security number, or as complicated as scouring your social media accounts. It may include a detailed report of your credit and criminal history – and you may never know whether or not the information contain in the report is correct.
Whatever the scope of the background check, the Fair Credit Reporting Act outlines legal parameters regarding obtaining your consent for a background check and how potential employers can use that information.
If a background check company like ReferencePro 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 several 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 ReferencePro – or any other company – conduct a background check, your potential employer must obtain your permission.
In order for ReferencePro to lawfully provide your potential employer with information from a background check, the employer must certify that they’ve clearly disclosed that they will seek a background check, that you’ve authorized the background check, and that they’ll provide you with a copy of the report and a summary of your Fair Credit Reporting Act rights if they might base their hiring decision on your background check report.
You Received A Pre-Adverse Action Notice From A Potential Employer. What Are Your Legal Rights?
By law, anyone who uses the information in a background check report to screen job applicants must let any applicant know when they didn’t get the based on the information in the report.
This means you have a right to see what is in the background check. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may also be able to sue the company that requested the background check and rejected your application, or the company that issued the background check report
Your Right to an Accurate and Legally Compliant Report From ReferencePro
ReferencePro must take appropriate steps to ensure its report is as accurate as possible.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act limits the kind of negative information reported in a background check. For example, your background check can’t list lawsuits, judgments, arrest records, and debt collection activity that’s seven or more years old. It also can’t list a bankruptcy that is more than ten years old.
Your Right to Dispute an Inaccurate Report from ReferencePro
An inaccurate background check report can have devastating consequences to your job prospects. For that reason, the Fair Credit Reporting Act says that you are entitled to know if your background check might prohibit you from being hired. If that’s the case, your prospective employer is required to send you a notice to that effect, along with a copy of your background check, your rights to dispute the findings, and contact information for the background check company. If you dispute inaccuracies, you should notify both the background check company and the employer. The background check company – whether ReferencePro or another company – has 30 days to investigate and make corrections to your report.
Your Right to Sue ReferencePro if there are Mistakes, Inaccurate, or Illegal Information in Your Report
If there are mistakes in your background check that aren’t addressed in a timely manner, or if a background check company wasn’t diligent in its work, the Fair Credit Reporting Act gives you the right to sue in federal court. If you win, you may be entitled to statutory damages of up to $1,000, actual damages, court costs, and legal fees.
You work hard. You deserve to be judged on your merits, and not on an inaccurate background check report. People just like you who have lost job opportunities due to an inaccurate or unfair employment background check report have sued companies like ReferencePro for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Those lawsuits cover a variety of issues, but some allege that the company conducting the background check didn’t take the time to carefully verify criminal background information. That resulted in incorrect listings of felony convictions, or perhaps expunged convictions or outdated arrests. Some complaints allege that the background report was for another person with the same or similar name. Others allege that information regarding things like education history or driving history was inaccurate. Still others accuse the background check company of not being properly responsive to disputes about inaccurate information.
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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.