Background Checks Costing Jobs

There's another hurdle for job seekers

By Consumer Bob
|  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Background Checks Causing Problems

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Millions of Americans are unemployment and searching for jobs.

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Background Checks Causing Problems

When employers perform background checks, one mistake can mean the difference between getting a job and being unemployed.
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People are losing jobs over mistakes on their background checks, according to Amber Yoo with San Diego based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

One of the main reasons it is happening is because of mixed files or criminal identity theft.

If an employer has made an adverse decision based on that background check, they are supposed to send you a letter informing you of how to obtain a copy. But privacy experts say that is not happening enough.

In California, people have to sign an authorization form allowing them to do a criminal background check, but they can also check a box asking to see that report.
 
There are multiple websites and videos that offer help to those having issues with background checks.

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