Can an employer run a background check on me?
Some jobs require a high level of security or require a person to handle sensitive information. As such, employers may perform a legal background check for employment, An employer is allowed to run a background check on any job applicant during the hiring process, as long as the employer does not ask for medical or genetic information.
What do employers look for in a background check? An employer has the legal right to request many types of information. They may ask for your employment history, criminal history, education, credit score, and social media use.
When an employer does ask you for this information, they must treat you the same as everyone else. For example, you cannot be discriminated against or asked to provide additional information because of your age, ethnicity, gender, religion, or disability status.
Many employers gather this information from credit reports and criminal background checks. These cannot be done without your permission, however.
Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C.
If your employer has conducted a background check without your permission or required additional levels of information from you because of your age, ethnicity, gender, religion or disability status, contact the workplace discrimination attorney’s at Ricotta & Marks, P.C. Call (800) 240-9269 or send contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation