Whilst conducting employment background investigations is a normal thing these days for employers, candidates are always very accepting of these checks too. However, it is not always important that even the best background check service ends up giving 100% correct or accurate results. There are a number of other factors that contribute to adequate background check service. Employment background investigation faux pas happen as we write. In this article, we talk about the top 5 most embarrassing background check faux pas of 2017.
1. Class Action Lawsuit Filed By A Nursing Job Candidate
In March of 2017, a nursing job surfaced in a nursing home and hospital at the Indiana district of the United States. The lady who applied for the job named Michele Petry was refused the job when her background check claimed to highlight some drugs charges. Petry who has a clean past record and no criminal charges whatsoever wanted to get in touch with the employer to explain that there must be something wrong with the check. The employer did not give her the chance to justify and this led Petry to file a lawsuit against the firm for faux claims in the session district court.
2. Target Pays 8.5 Million in Settlement
Target Co. welcomed online job applications at the end of last year. However, it conducted a background check on all online applicants in a way that is not permissible by the court or the defining laws. Target Co. violated all federal laws by carrying out the investigation process in an unregistered way and it also took the liberty to breach applicant’s confidentiality without any prior notice to them.
3. Sterling Infosystems In Serious Trouble
According to a recent report issued by FCRA, Sterling Infosystems background investigations procedures are non-reliable and unauthorized. The reports that are issued by the organization after background check also lack authenticity or closure. This lead FCRA to refute all background check reports that it has issued against potential job candidates up to June 2017. All candidates who had undergone a background check investigation by Sterling Infosystems are also eligible to a reward amount as a token of compensation for the loss they suffered by the incompetency of the company. The reward can be claimed by the FCRA by submitting the background check report.
4. Settlement of 7.5 Million USD Reached For UBER
UBER is known for providing efficient services to the riders. However, it recently got caught up in a faux pas when it ran some illegal background checks against a class of drivers and denied jobs on the basis of these background checks. A settlement of 7.5 million USD has been reached between the drivers and UBER.
5. Courier Service Violates FCRA Laws
Nationwide courier service, Postmates has been convicted of running faulty background checks on potential candidates. As a result of violation of FCRA laws, it is subjected to a 2.5-million-dollar compensation in lawsuit charges.