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empty courtroom jury area Nearly 150 class-action lawsuits citing employment screening violations have been successfully brought against employers or firms that provide background-check reports. (Photo: iStock)

Employers listen up: If you want to review a job candidate’s credit history, criminal records and other personal information on a background-check report, you must first obtain written consent from the candidate, per the employment provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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