Background Check Errors


The law firm of Joseph P. McClelland, LLC helps consumers hurt by credit errors such as being wrongly called deceased, mixed with someone else, and more. 

What should I do if I have a background check error?

Are you worried about losing a job, housing, or credit because of it? Well, you should be. These types of errors can destroy your career and hold you back for years.

We can help. In fact, you are going to want to take immediate action. You will want us to help you properly dispute everything it's wrong with the specific background check company provided the report AND sue them for causing you issues and getting denied a job or gig.  

You don't have to do it alone.

The most common background check errors

One of the worst mistakes to find is when you are being confused or mixed up with another person that has a criminal record. Many employers will not hire someone with a criminal record so having someone else's information show up on your report is not a good thing.

Information that is too old: Many times there's information on the background check that should no longer be there because it is outdated.

These types of errors are brutal. Not being able to get a job is the most severe type of result. This can also cause you to be denied housing and credit. When you can't get a job, a house, your life is effectively over.

What are your options when you have mistakes on your background check?

You have the right to do everything yourself if you want. Just don't.

You can learn the proper way of disputing these significant errors. You and gain your own experience using your own time and money with trial and error. This is the wrong way.

The better way is to see that you have rights under the credit reporting laws, specifically the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • Under this, you must be told and notified if a background check for employment report was used against you
  • You have the right to dispute anything that's wrong on that report 
  • You have a right to see what's on the report and get a copy of it
  • the background check company has 30 days to investigated and take action

More importantly, you have the right to sue background check companies that violate this law. 

These cases can be significant and value. You're throwing money away if you try to do this yourself or move on without taking action.

We can help you fix these types of errors and to fight for you to get the proper settlement that you deserve. Complete the form below or give us a call to get started today.

What if I have a criminal record? If you have had a conviction expunged or sealed, but it still is reporting on a background check report whether for employment or otherwise, please contact our firm immediately. They can't do that. This may be a claim.

What if I was harmed by an error in a background check report? If you have been harmed by an error contained in a background check report, there are remedies available to you if the information was wrong or misleading.

What damages can I recover? The law allows you to obtain money damages to compensate you for lost employment or housing opportunities, as well as for related emotional suffering.

Are you responsible for attorney's fees? In most cases, consumers are not responsible for attorney's fees because the FCPA requires the wrongdoing party to pay the legal fees of consumers harmed as a result of its mistakes.

What Is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)? The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that requires agencies that conduct background checks, known as specialty consumer reporting agencies, to adopt procedures to assure the “maximum possible accuracy” of the information in those reports. If they don't, they may be liable to you for monetary damages.


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