The convenience of background check companies makes gathering information about someone easy. These agencies are responsible, however, for providing accurate and up-to-date information. The convenience of background check companies makes gathering information about someone easy. These agencies are responsible, however, for providing accurate and up-to-date information.
Erroneous reports can limit employment, housing, and credit opportunities for individuals. A widely used background check company, Accurint, is being investigated for publishing inaccurate and outdated criminal records in consumer reports. Learn more about our investigation and find out if we can help you.
LexisNexis’ Accurint is used in several industries, including law enforcement, debt collection, and healthcare. Career and economic advancement can depend on these reports. A disclaimer on Accurint’s website admits that its background reports cannot be relied upon as definitively accurate. As a result, we’re investigating Accurint’s practices and seeking clients who have found inaccuracies on their background checks.
Someone may be prevented from getting a new job or even keeping their current one due to inaccuracies in background checks. Consumers are protected by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and private information is kept accurate. A consumer report is considered an employment background check by the FCRA, so applicants have legal recourse if the information is inaccurate.
The FCRA protects a consumer report that contains criminal background information. According to our attorneys, Accurint reports include arrest and expungement information improperly. FCRA prohibits consumer reports from having the following:
- Expunged criminal records; or
- Records of arrests that did not result in convictions more than seven years ago.
Convictions of any age are permitted, but false information about previous criminal histories can harm a person’s career. Negligent companies such as Accurint can cost consumers employment by displaying incorrect information. The FCRA can help you hold companies accountable for violating your rights.
Contact an FCRA Attorney
If you believe Accurint or any other background check agency has violated the FCRA, reach out to us as soon as possible. To speak with an attorney, call our office at (919) 526-0450 or submit an email request through our contact page.