There has been a lot of publicity about the lawsuit against California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. According to The New York Times, the DMV had conducted an expensive and ineffective background check on people applying for driver’s licenses. When this information became public, California’s attorney general decided to sue the DMV for violating the state and local civil rights laws.
While no details have been disclosed as to whether the lawsuit will be won, if it does it may set a precedent for other states requiring background checks for all drivers. If this case is successful, many more states are expected to follow suit.
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If you’re concerned about your privacy rights during employment, or whether or not you should be required to undergo a background check, there’s no need to worry. According to Employment Policies & Practices, a large number of employers conduct criminal background checks before hiring new employees.
As a result of these checks, many job applicants are subjected to unnecessary interviews, screenings, and evaluations. By law, companies are bound to inform applicants that they are conducting a background check and to obtain consent for the search. In California, companies are also required to provide an opportunity for applicants to opt out of a background search, if they want.
So how does this lawsuit against the DMV help you?
According to Disability Rights California, this lawsuit could force the DMV to make it clearer how they must handle personal information, such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth. Until the law is clearer, people who experience the unnecessary humiliation of having their background checked during the hiring process can take action in federal court by filing a lawsuit.
If the lawsuit is successful, the DMV will be compelled to provide better guidelines and training to its employees to prevent discrimination, and provide a chance for people to opt out of a pre-employment background check.
An important question to ask when filing a lawsuit is whether or not your privacy rights were violated.
The federal lawsuit says no one should have to submit their personal information to a background check company without permission. The real issue is whether the background check company was allowed to compile the personal data, which is controlled by the state. California’s privacy laws are considered to be very strong, and the plaintiffs will likely be able to successfully argue that they are not exposed to a greater invasion of privacy than is necessary.
The plaintiffs are also challenging the legality of the background check itself.
According to The ADBA, there is no way to guarantee that the information provided by the background agency was complete and accurate. The courts have held that because the ADAA establishes rules for what counts as personal information, the federal government is immune from lawsuits over alleged violations of these laws.
If the plaintiffs win their lawsuit, they will be able to obtain all of the records from the background agencies and will know what is on their credit reports at all times. They will also know what criminal histories and financial records of the applicants have, and what their scores are in all three areas.
There is no doubt that the plaintiffs will be successful in their lawsuit.
In fact, it may just be the best lawsuit they will ever file. If the companies continue to deny providing information on potential employees, then they will lose any chance of defending themselves in court. The lawsuit will force the agencies to admit that they complied with the law.
It will also force them to admit that they did not perform their background checks appropriately and were therefore negligent in their conduct. When such negligent behavior is admitted in court, the plaintiff’s legal team has a much stronger chance of recovering damages from the negligent parties.