Rite Aid runs background checks on applicants, but what happens if you are rejected? If you just ignore it, you may keep having the same problem because false information or errors may stay on your report. You have legal rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to fix those mistakes or even sue for damages.
Does Rite Aid Perform Background Checks?
Yes. Anecdotal information posted on the employment website indeed.com indicates that Rite Aid does background full background checks. The scope of the review includes criminal background checks for new applicants and all positions.
Rite Aid itself does not appear to provide any public information about its background check process or policy regarding employment of applicants with criminal histories. However, a disclaimer on the career portion of the company’s website indicates that Rite Aid’s job application process is not designed to extract any information that would violate pertinent laws. The same disclaimer indicates that the company will not use any information obtained during this process in any way that would violate pertinent laws.
Because the background check required by Rite Aid is done for employment purposes, you have certain rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). These include: the right to be told if information from a background check has been used against you; the right to know what was in the background check report; and the right to dispute inaccurate or outdated information.
Within this context, it is important to note that state laws vary. However, federal law excludes information about arrests that occurred more than seven years ago from background check reports. The only exception is if the yearly salary for the position you are seeking exceeds$75,000. There is no time limit for conviction records.
Finally, if Rite Aid uses another company to run background checks, it must have your written consent first.
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Rite Aid and Big Retail
Rite Aid describes itself as one of the top drugstore chains in the United States. As such, it has more than 4,000 stores in approximately 30 states. Rite Aid’s history dates to 1962, when its first store, which was then known as Thrift D Discount Center, opened in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1981, Rite Aid established itself as the third-largest retail drugstore chain in the country. With the acquisition of another drugstore chain in 2007, Rite Aid also became the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast.
Benefits of Working At Rite Aid
Rite Aid routinely hires people to work at its stores/pharmacies, in its distribution centers and its corporate offices. Store positions include: managers, assistant managers, shift supervisors, cashiers, store support, and asset protection. Some of the jobs on Rite Aid’s pharmacy team are: pharmacist, pharmacy technician, pharmacy manager and pharmacy cashier. Finally, corporate positions with Rite Aid generally include those in: human resources, communications, store operations, accounting/finance, and more. Salaries vary for different positions.
As a Rite Aid employee, you may also qualify for certain benefits , including: retirement packages, paid time off, paid sick leave and different types of insurance.
How Do I Qualify To Work For Rite Aid?
To work at Rite Aid , you must be at least 18. Beyond that, requirements job requirements will vary depending on the type of position you are seeking. Generally speaking, Rite Aid will hire candidates with experience in retail or customer service for store positions when possible. Additional education/training/experience will likely be required for candidates seeking positions on Rite Aid’s pharmacy teams.
And they’ll also run a background check on you….
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.
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Rite Aid Background Check Complaints
In 2016 , Rite Aid reportedly sought the dismissal of a class action lawsuit alleging FCRA violations that had been initiated by someone who wasn’t hired. Rite Aid asked a federal judge to dismiss the case because the plaintiff had already settled with the background check company it had retained.
In addition to suing Rite Aid, the plaintifffiled a class action lawsuit against the background check company, LexisNexis Screening Solutions Inc., in 2013. After that attempt proved unsuccessful, she was allowed to file a new complaint seeking class certification in 2016.
In it, she alleged that Rite Aid deliberately violated the FCRA by using LexisNexis Screening Solutions. In particular, the amended complaint accused Rite Aid of failing to give disqualified job applicants copies of their backgroundcheck reports in a timely manner as required by law.
You Received A Pre-Adverse Action Notice From Rite Aid. 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 Rite Aid
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 an Unfair Background Check Report from Rite Aid
If you don’t get a job because of information on your 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 your report, the background check company must investigate and correct any errors within 30 days.
Were You Harmed By False Information or Errors In Your Rite Aid Background Check Report?
Often, whether you get hired or promoted depends on the information gleaned 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 background check companies get consent for and conduct background checks, and what they can do with the information they find.
If a background check commissioned by Rite Aid fails to meet those standards, the FCRA affords you a number of rights.
Your Right to File A Lawsuit Against Rite Aid if your report includes inaccurate or illegal info
If you lost out on a Rite Aid job or were suspended or fired 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 court costs.
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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.