Unfortunately, it is more common than one would realize that people suffer hardship as a result of background check errors, such as being denied a job, denied a promotion, or even denied housing.
The National Consumer Law Center has recently issued an updated report that discusses how a significant number of adults living in the United States are affected by background check errors: about 94% of employers and about 90% of landlords use criminal background checks to evaluate prospective employees and tenant; about 1 in 3 adults (between 70 million and 100 million people) in the U.S. have a criminal record; and many additional people without a criminal record are wrongly tagged as having a record. You can read a copy of the NCLC report by clicking HERE.
At Semnar & Hartman, LLP we are experienced in this area of law and we regularly prosecute violations related to inaccurate background checks.
In fact, on December 3, 2019, Judge Coggins of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina issued a final approval order and judgment settling our class action against HKA Enterprises, LLC for allegations related to improper background check disclosures and failure to give proper and timely adverse action notices due to our client having suffered preliminary job approval revocation after inaccurate background check errors. A copy of the Court’s ruling can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free and confidential consultation to discuss whether your rights have been violated and whether you also may be entitled to monetary damages.