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Incorrect Background Checks From Checkr

How many times in your life has an employer ran a background check on you? Potentially multiple times, depending on your age and how many jobs you have had in your lifetime. Background checks seem routine enough for those looking from the outside, and sometimes they are routine. Other times an incorrect background report can cost someone an opportunity for a new job or even cost them their current job.

We recently resolved a case involving an individual who had been denied employment with a six-figure salary because the background check told the employer that our client had an active warrant for his arrest! Needless to say, that was incorrect. Now there are allegations against a Silicon Valley backed background check company, Checkr, who handles background checks for the likes of Uber and Lyft.

Checkr is a background check company that started in 2014. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and others rely on Checkr to run background checks on current and future employees and to provide accurate information about the employee’s job, driving, and criminal record history. The federal law, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), requires Checkr to complete these records with “maximum possible accuracy.” Along with keeping up with background checks (roughly 1.5 million per month), Checkr is now facing numerous FCRA lawsuits from people claiming that Checkr has put out incorrect background reports, which have cost people their current jobs and even future jobs.

Since 2015, Checkr alone has faced at least 80 lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You can read more about all of this here. While 80 lawsuits out of 1.5 million background checks may not seem like a lot, you can attribute most of these small numbers to consumer’s lack of knowledge about the Fair Credit Reporting Act and being unaware of the existence the FCRA consumer protection attorneys like our firm who handle these cases on a contingency basis.  The 80 filings mean that Checkr is one of the most frequently sued defendants on background checks in the country.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act was created to help protect consumers and promote the accuracy of private consumer reports. Checkr is not the only background check company for job screening who have failed to provide accurate information in background checks. Hireright and Sterling Talent Solutions, who are competitors of Checkr, have also faced similar accusations in the past.

The consumer law attorneys at Maginnis Law are prepared to handle cases like the one in this article. In 2015, Ed Maginnis and Asa Edwards obtained a mediated settlement in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) matter. Our clients had identified that their consumer reports had been pulled without a permissible purpose and asserted claims for actual damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees.

If you or someone you know is a current Uber, Lyft or other ride-sharing service employee and you have been impacted by an incorrect background check by Checkr, we want to speak with you. Even if you are not an employee of Uber or Lyft, but have been impacted by an incorrect background check, we want to speak with you as well. As recent as last year we were able to settle a personal injury claim for an Uber driver. Feel free to contact us at 919-526-0450 or email us at Along with consumer law attorneys, Maginnis Law offers personal injury, employee rights, estate planning and business litigation attorneys.