Faulty background checks hurting job hunters
WASHINGTON - Consumer advocates say thousands of U.S. job hunters are losing out because employers use faulty background-check data drawn from shoddy records.
They want the government to make sure people know what information prospective employers see so errors can be corrected and abusive companies can be held responsible.
The National Consumer Law Center said the use of criminal-background data is exploding as America recovers from the worst jobs crisis in decades. Countless dubious companies have sprouted up to meet demand. The NCLC says sloppy handling of data can cause a search on one person to turn up a rap sheet about someone with the same name, among other problems. It says many employers ignore laws requiring them to let people correct false or negative information.