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Did you know that up to 41% of background checks may contain errors? That is a very scary statistic when 73% of employers require background screenings when interviewing candidates for a job. If you discover that you’ve been a victim of a background check mistake, our team at Boss Law is here to help. Since 2005, we’ve helped our clients with a variety of consumer protection issues, including background check mistakes. If you need help, we can use our legal knowledge and resources to help protect your interests.

Call (727) 877-3188 to get in touch with our St. Petersburg attorneys and discuss your background check mistake with our firm.

How Do Background Check Mistakes Happen?

How does this a background check error happen? There are a variety of reasons that can explain how background check errors can occur:

  • Mistaken identity. Reports can get “mixed” between two people – usually because those people have similar names or social security numbers.
  • Identity theft. Thieves can use your personal information to open credit cards and ruin your credit. In many cases, you won't even realize you are the victim of identity theft until it's too late.
  • Incorrect criminal record. The most common background check error occurs when someone with NO criminal record gets their file mixed with someone who DOES have a criminal record. This is very concerning because 65 million Americans have a criminal record, (nearly 1 in 5), which means the chances of being confused with someone else with a criminal record is significant.

So, if you find yourself dealing with a background check mistake, what can you do?

What To Do If You Are A Victim of Background Check Mistakes

If you were the victim of a background check mistake, there are several things you can do to protect yourself. While you should certainly get in touch with an experienced attorney, you can also take additional precautions. Below, we offer a few tips following a background check mistake.

After facing a background check mistake, you should take the following steps:

  1. Obtain a copy of the faulty background report. You are entitled to a copy of the background report from the employer – the employer MUST give you a copy of the report. Typically, an employer hires a credit bureau or consumer screening company to create the report. The employer is required to give you the contact information for the screening company.

  2. Review the report and check it for errors. Errors can range from simple mistakes, like a wrong address, to more crucial errors, like false criminal records, incorrect credit information, and identity theft.

  3. Ask the credit bureaus or screening company to fix the error. Employers, credit bureaus, and background screening companies MUST fix the mistake. The best way to fix it is to send certified letters to the credit bureaus and background screening companies providing proof of the mistake.
  4. Follow up! Often the credit bureaus and screening companies will not respond – the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that the credit bureaus and screening companies either fix or respond to the dispute within 30 days.

Going through these motions alone can help your case, but each of these steps can be even more impactful if you have the help and support of an experienced attorney.

How Can an Attorney Help Fix Mistakes on a Background Check?

Our team at Boss Law can create a legal strategy specifically for your case and address the issue with speed.

Our attorneys can help by:

  • Investigating the mistakes and the extent of the errors
  • Submitting a dispute with the background check company that committed the error
  • Seeking damages on your behalf under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for harm the error has caused you

We have ample experience helping victims of background check mistakes, and we can help set the record straight to protect your good name and your employment prospects.

Protecting Your Interests

If you have been denied a job because of mistakes on your background check, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Boss Law for a free consultation. When you call our firm, you will always speak with an attorney — and if we take your case, there are no fees or costs unless we win against the employer and background companies.

Contact Boss Law to discuss your case with our St. Petersburg background check mistake attorneys.

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