FCRA Case decision: Background screening report – timing of when you are to receive it

Want to know more about your rights when a company does a background check on you — specifically, your rights under the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act)?

We’ll go over this decision — — Helwig v Concentrix Corporation from the Northern District of Ohio which is a decision issued March 26, 2021, by Senior District Judge Christopher Boyko. This is an excellent opinion I think you’ll enjoy reading.

Mainly focused on “standing” but it explains a lot about the FCRA and background checks.

Specifically, if a potential employer rejects you, when do you have to receive the background report? Before or after the “adverse action” by the potential employer?

Hope you enjoy!


John G. Watts
Watts & Herring, LLC
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2 thoughts on “FCRA Case decision: Background screening report – timing of when you are to receive it”

  1. Hello, thank you for giving out so much great information! I know that based on what you were saying, that even if you try to sue the credit bureaus over not obtaining information the proper way, or using the proper method of verification, the Judge will in many cases rule in favor of the credit bureau if the information is true. Like a bankruptcy, even if you can prove that the credit bureau didn't use a proper method of verification or investigation, the Judge will rule in their favor if it's true. So I said all that to say this, can you use the term Inadmissible Evidence against the credit bureaus when they are reporting your bankruptcy even though it's true? It seems like a consumer should be able to use the Inadmissible Evidence in their favor based on the fact that it is dealing with someone not obtaining information the proper way in the Court of Law. I was just wondering what your thoughts were on that.

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