Disputing a Background Check, Part 1

What do you do when information in a background check comes back false? In the case of a college student who was denied an internship based on false information in a background check, you dispute the claim. As mentioned in the article about this student, private information about workers compensation was included on a background check, as a former construction employer brought up an injury from two years ago, stating it was a pre-existing back injury that was not work related. The statement from the employer contradicted that from the student’s workers compensation claims and also information from a clinic that examined his injury. As a result of the contradiction, the student didn’t get the internship in construction management.

As information on workers compensation is supposed to be private, the former boss had given private – and false – information in a background investigation. Instead of accepting this, one with false information on a background check can dispute this claim. In the case of this particular student applying for an internship, he can take his previous employer to court for giving false information on a background check and acting with malicious intent. As information staying on his background check like this could cost him management positions permanently, disputing it and getting it resolved will help with future employment or internship opportunities for this particular student.

In the case of this student, he has evidence against this claim, from both a clinic stating his back injury was work-related and also from workers compensation. Not all background check disputes can be as clear, however, and, in cases of identity theft, proving that your identity has been stolen is more difficult than disproving a former employer or school that has given false or inaccurate information in regards to your background.