When you are a job applicant, it is essential to have a perfect resume, cover letter, and interview. What you may not know is that polishing your credit is also a vital part of the application process. The Professional Background Screening Association estimates that around 96% of employers conduct a pre-employment background check, with 25% of employers opting to check an applicant’s credit as a part of the application process. However, your prospective employer cannot see your credit score, but they are able to see your credit history.
If your credit report is inaccurate and it affects your financial wellbeing and prospective job opportunities, speak to the experienced Florida FCRA attorney at The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi for a thoughtful evaluation of your case and legal guidance regarding what the best course of action may be.
How Is the Fair Credit Reporting Act Beneficial for Job Applicants?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act establishes the way employers can ask for, receive, and use background checks from a third party. In cases of hiring new employees, employers are liable to certain expectations and laws when reviewing a consumer report. It is essential to know that an employer cannot pull your credit report without your written consent.
In the case of an employer denying you employment based on your credit report, they must supply a pre-adverse action disclosure that includes a copy of your report and rights. They are also obligated to provide you with the name and contact information of the Consumer Rights Agency and your right to dispute your report. Other FCRA benefits for job applicants includes:
Additional FCRA Benefits Under State Law
The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a federal law, but many states have their own set of regulations when it comes to consumer reporting. Because of this, consumers have more rights and protections under state law.
Illegal Use of Job Applicant Background Checks
Employers cannot use background checks illegally, specifically to discriminate. Hiring discrimination refers to employers making hiring decisions based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, or other genetic information.
Refusing a Background Check in an Application Process
Although it is in your right to refuse a background check, it may be beneficial to know that an employer can opt not to hire you because of this. Generally, background checks are becoming more and more common.
Why Is It Important for Employers to Evaluate Credit Reports?
A background check is important for employers because it reviews someone’s records, specifically in areas such as credit checks, driving records, and criminal background. It is important for employers to conduct a background check in order to verify employment records and uncover any vulnerabilities such as debt issues, criminal history, or other indications of unethical behavior.
Consumers are fully protected under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and can dispute any errors that they notice on their credit reports. If you believe that an error on your credit report has impacted your financial wellbeing, speak to a seasoned FCRA attorney at The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi for a chance to resolve the issue and pursue damages for any losses you have incurred.
Speak to an Experienced Florida FCRA Attorney at The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi
The Fair Credit Reporting Act benefits job applicants in a number of ways and serves as a protective measure against discrimination, the ability to refuse a background check, and the right to dispute any inaccuracies in your credit report. It is essential to be thoroughly prepared during a job search, and accessing your credit report can be a good step in mitigating any inconsistencies. If you are negatively impacted by errors on your credit report, speak to a skilled FCRA attorney at The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi for help in pursuing justice.
Attorney Jibrael S. Hindi of The Law Office of Jibrael S. Hindi is dedicated to clients whose consumer rights have been violated by credit reporting agencies and is determined to help clients solve these issues and seek compensation for the damages they may have incurred. Our firm takes cases on a contingency basis whereby the firm does not get paid unless a recovery is obtained on your behalf. Contact us today by calling (954) 907-1136 or filling out our contact form.