According to Reuters, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Inc and a background check provider, Accurate Background Inc, claiming they illegally used a California sex offender website to conduct background checks on job applicants.

“Megan’s Law prohibits employers from denying jobs to applicants because their names appear on the website unless they do so to protect a person at risk.  A different California law bars reporting agencies such as Accurate Background from providing employers with criminal records that are more than seven years old.”

Gainesville, Florida, recently passed the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance to prevent an employer from taking adverse action against an applicant because of the individual’s criminal history.  The ordinance places restrictions on employers who use criminal record history for employment decisions.

Hopefully, California’s and Gainesville’s progressive legislation will eventually permeate Florida.


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