For employees throughout Youngstown, being asked to submit to a background check at an employer’s request can be unnerving, especially if there’s something in your background that you don’t want your employer /potential employer to find out. While it may be perfectly legal for an employer to request a criminal background check and credit report — and in fact even required for workers in some occupations, such as those working with children — background reports must be conducted in accordance with the law. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown background check attorneys are advocates for employees’ rights and can provide you with attentive legal representation if your rights have been violated during an employer-conducted background check. Call our office directly today to learn more.
Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and some Ohio-level laws, including the “Ban-the-Box” legislation, employees who are asked to submit to criminal or credit background checks have certain rights. Rights under the FCRA If an employer plans to conduct a credit check/consumer report on you, then under the FCRA the employer:
If your rights are violated, you may be entitled to certain remedies. If your rights under the FCRA have been breached, you may be able to seek compensation for attorneys’ fees and legal costs that you’ve incurred; compensation for any actual damages you’ve suffered, such as lost wages; statutory damages; and even punitive damages in some cases. It’s important to consult with an attorney who can review your rights with you, determine whether or not you have a case, and represent you in bringing forth your claim.
If you believe that your rights have been breached during an employment background check, our experienced Youngstown background check attorneys are available to help. We can review your case free of charge and provide you with legal advice. If we decide to take on your case, we work on a contingency fee basis so you never have to pay for our services out of pocket. To schedule your free consultation today, please call us directly at your convenience or send us a message online.