When can an employer do a background check?

An employer can run a background check on you at any time, but only with your permission.  Specifically, an employer (or potential employer) must disclosure to you, in writing, that it plans on running a background check, and must obtain your authorization to do so, in writing.  These two documents – the disclosure form and the authorization form – can be combined into one, but no other extraneous information can be contained on that form.  If employers include unrelated information on their disclosure form, they have violated the FCRA.

If you believe that your employer or potential employer obtained a background check about you without your permission, or without providing you with a disclosure which complied with the FCRA, please contact us for a free evaluation of your case.

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