These days, landing a job entails more than a resume and an interview. Employers often require a background check. Verification Services is a company that does employment background checks. Learn more about them and your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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What is Verification Services Inc ?
Verification Services, Inc. (VSI) was founded in 1997, and is based in Hollywood, Florida. The company offers employment and tenant background screening services. The company boasts that it is “one of the top third-party background check administrators in the industry…” Its website informs site visitors that VSI bridges “the gap between a prospective job applicant and the client to ensure a sound hiring decision can be made.” The company describes itself as a “one-stop shop” for “drug testing, criminal history searches, and all other applicant screening services”with “unmatched” experience.
Verification Services provides employers with a variety of background searches. They compile criminal history reports, credit reports, motor vehicle reports, and social security number trace reports. They also conduct education and employment verifications.
Successfully landing a new job requires focus. Initially, your attention is on submitting a stellar resume and securing and acing an interview. Chances are, you don’t even consider the possibility of an employment background check. The truth is, employers often require background checks prior to offering a candidate a position. They may want to verify that the information on your resume is correct or take a deeper dive to avoid potential problems – like embezzlement or lawsuits – down the road. More often than not, employers don’t do their own background checks. Instead, they hire companies like Verification Services to do that work.
Of course, no one is perfect. Even the best employment screening companies make mistakes from time to time. When they do, they may provide a report to the employer that contains inaccuracies. These errors can prevent you from landing the job. A background report may contain incorrect information because they entered an incorrect social security number or outdated information that puts you in a negative light.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act outlines your right to a sound background check. It requires the employer to provide you with a notification that is separate from other notices and application materials. In order to order a background check, the employer must obtain your written consent. Further, the FCRA gives you the right to dispute any inaccurate information that could prevent you from being hired, and to sue the background check company for egregious mistakes.
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What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Verification Services – or any other background check company – must ask the employer to verify that they complied with the FCRA with regard to its disclosure and consent provisions.
The disclosure provisions encompass two elements. The first is providing the job applicant with a separate notification that they want to run a background check. This information can’t be part of an application or other packet of information. The second occurs after they receive the background report. If they plan to use the information to deny the applicant a job, they must tell the applicant that and provide them with a copy of the background report, a notice of the applicant’s rights under the FCRA, and the contact information for the background check company. The consent provision is straightforward: the employer must obtain the applicant’s consent prior to conducting a background check.
Your Right to an Accurate and Legally Compliant Report
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) provides you with certain rights regarding your employment background check. The purpose is to ensure the report’s accuracy and that the report doesn’t dive too far into your past. Verification Services can look at many facets of your life, but with a few exceptions, they can’t go back more than seven years. The exceptions are that any non-expunged criminal convictions can be included and that a bankruptcy can be listed for ten years. This means, for example, that a civil lawsuit from a decade ago can’t be included, nor can debts that were in collection a dozen years ago.
Your Right to Dispute an Inaccurate Report from Verification Services
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 Background Information Services or another company – has 30 days to investigate and make corrections to your report.
Your Right to Sue Verification Services if there are Mistakes, Inaccurate, or Illegal Information in Your Report
The FCRA gives you the right to sue the background check company if there are mistakes in your background report. If you sue and prevail, then you may be awarded actual damages – such as lost pay – statutory damages, attorney fees, and court costs.
Work takes up a third of our waking hours. It takes time to find a right-fit job. It’s only right that the interviewing and hiring process is aboveboard, and that a background check is accurate. When that doesn’t happen, people have sued background check companies under the FCRA.
Sometimes, those FCRA lawsuits charge that the background check company erred in listing criminal convictions or listed expunged convictions in violation of the law. Other times, they allege that the company confused one person for another or contained inaccurate information. Still other times, plaintiffs alleges that the background check company was unresponsive to the person’s dispute about wrong 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.