Bad criminal background checks
Chances are excellent that anybody being considered for hiring or promotion will be subjected to a criminal background check. While the vast majority of the time, the system works as it’s supposed, the system is far from perfect and sometimes law-abiding citizens with squeaky clean records get fired or turned down for jobs. There is clearly an accuracy problem in this new industry.
Criminals often use aliases, which end up in criminal databases, so if you’re unfortunate to have one match your name, especially where a brother or sister has been in trouble with the law, that can spell trouble for you.
There are Federal laws in place governing background checks, but they are contigent on who’s conducting them. If a job applicant is applying for work with an employer who contracts with a background screening company, then by law they must get the person’s consent, but if the employer runs their own background checks, then they don’t.