Faulty Background Checks

Shatter Applicant's Lives While Harming Businesses.

by Hank Balevic

Secrets of the Background Screening Companies

They use illegal authorization forms that release screening companies and corporations from any liability for errors they make screening applicants.

They brand innocent applicants as sex offenders, drug dealers and other criminals.

They fail to give applicants an opportunity to challenge erroneous information contained in an inaccurate background report.

They fail or refuse to provide a background screening report to an applicant.

They fail to provide a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) approved disclosure form advising an applicant that a background check will be conducted.

They use instant background checks utilizing "contemporaneous notification," a federal violation.

They use algorithms as a shortcut to getting accurate search results.

They use automated," adjudication applicant hiring processes" that often result in branding applicants as criminals.

Book Summary

Over 100 background screening companies have been sued successfully for violating federal laws by applicants who have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. You will learn the identities of the top-tier background screening companies who have been major violators of federal law.

Seventy-five of the Fortune 1000 companies have also been sued for violating the same federal laws in concert with background screening companies–their identities along with summaries of the successful lawsuits that resulted in mullions of dollars in damages and fines are presented in a comprehensive format.

The background screening companies violated federal law by producing faulty background checks and branding innocent applicants as sex offenders, drug dealers and violent criminals.  As a consequence, applicants have been denied employment or a place to live. However, applicants are not the only victims in this scandal. Employers, condo associations and property management companies suffer substantial financial losses by rejecting innocent applicants branded as criminals, not to mention losing the services of acceptable employees and tenants. By accepting bogus screening reports these victims wind up getting sued and having to pay damages, fines and penalties. The flipside of rejecting innocent applicants, based on bogus background checks, is accepting applicants with criminal arrests, convictions and prison records because these same background screening companies often mislabel applicants with a criminal history, as being void of arrests or convictions.

An NFL owner’s private company paid $15 million to settle a 588,000 member FCRA class action lawsuit.

A few of the federal violations committed by the screening companies include:

  • Failure to use legal authorization forms.
  • Failure to provide applicants with a disclosure that a background check will be performed.
  • Failure to use procedures to assure accurate court records.
  • Using automated hiring programs that result in falsely labeling applicants as criminals.
  • Failure to give applicants an opportunity to challenge the results of a bogus criminal records.
  • Using algorithms and outdated criminal databases as a shortcut to using time-consuming accurate search procedures.

This book is a text on how to comply with the mandates of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and avoid lawsuits and enforcement action on the part of governmental agencies. It is a must read for applicants, property management companies, condo associations, community association managers and employers in manufacturing, distribution, retail and wholesale sales.

Background Screening Seminar

Hank presents a fast-paced seminar based on actual case histories. Attendees learn what dominant tenant screening companies, such as RentGrow, Yardie, and RealPage did wrong, which resulted in applicants receiving millions in damage awards.


Faulty Background Checks

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