California Employment Law

Have California Employment Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

California Employment Law
This answer was rated:

CA - 3rd party background check co. disclosed conviction

I'm in CA. A 3rd...
I'm in CA. A 3rd party background check company disclosed an 8 year old expunged DUI Misdemeanor to my employer prior to me being employed. Although it did not result in any adverse action, it is a clear violation of my privacy and CA civil code 1786. I'd like a legal opinion on this. They ran a driving record (eg - the "criminal record" shows up clean but the "driving record" shows the misdemeanor DUI). Nevertheless, the disclosure was part of the full report. Is a driving record a loophole or are they in violation? (A driving record in CA can keep DUIs up to 10 years on record).
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own California Employment Law Question
Answered in 12 hours by:
9/7/2011
socrateaser
socrateaser, Lawyer
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,498
Experience: Retired
Verified
Hello,

Your question has been hanging around for a while. If you still need an answer, please let me know and I will try to assist.

Thanks.
Ask Your Own California Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I do still need an answer....it seems like nobody knows and this is some type of "grey area" because the driving record pulls up an expunged criminal charge (eg - the direct inquies into criminal history show nothing but the driving record shows the criminal charge)
Vehicle Code 1808 permits public disclosure of DUI convictions for noncommercial drivers for up to 10 years.

Civil Code 1786.12(d)(1) permits a "invesigative consumer reporting agency" to prepare an investigative report for employment purposes, if the employer provides a certification to the reporting agency pursuant to Civil Code 1786.16(a)(4), that the employer has complied with all of the provisions of Civil Code 1786.12(a)(2), as follows:

  • If, at any time, an investigative consumer report is sought for employment purposes other than suspicion of wrongdoing or misconduct by the subject of the investigation, the person seeking the investigative consumer report may procure the report, or cause the report to be made, only if all of the following apply:
  • (A) The person procuring or causing the report to be made has a permissible purpose, as defined in Section 1786.12.
  • (B) The person procuring or causing the report to be made provides a clear and conspicuous disclosure in writing to the consumer at any time before the report is procured or caused to be made in a document that consists solely of the disclosure, that:
  • (i) An investigative consumer report may be obtained.
  • (ii) The permissible purpose of the report is identified.
  • (iii) The disclosure may include information on the consumer's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living.
  • (iv) Identifies the name, address, and telephone number of the investigative consumer reporting agency conducting the investigation.
  • (v) Notifies the consumer in writing of the nature and scope of the investigation requested, including a summary of the provisions of Section 1786.22.
  • (vi) Notifies the consumer of the Internet Web site address of the investigative consumer reporting agency identified in clause (iv), or, if the agency has no Internet Web site address, the telephone number of the agency, where the consumer may find information about the investigative reporting agency's privacy practices, including whether the consumer's personal information will be sent outside the United States or its territories and information that complies with subdivision (d) of Section 1786.20. This clause shall become operative on January 1, 2012.
  • (C) The consumer has authorized in writing the procurement of the report.

Now that you have a straightfoward description of how the law works, you can apply your circumstances to the law. If you see a violation, then you have the remedies available found in Civil Code 1786.50-.60

Note: the employer has a "loophole in the law, which is the size of the Grand Canyon, in my opinion. That is. if the employer suspects you of having engaged in some sort of wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with your employment, then it can simply request the report, without any notice to you, whatsoever. The employer would have to prove some objective proof that it had this sort of reasonable suspicion -- but if it can do this, then you cannot maintain a legal action against the employer or the investigative reporting agency.

Hope this helps.


And, if you need to contact me again, please put my user id on the title line of your question (“ToCustomerrdquo;), and the system will send me an alert. Thanks!


Ask Your Own California Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Vehicle Code 1808 says 10 years, but CA Civil Code 1786.18 says 7 years -

So which law is prevelant here is my question?




CA Civil Code 1786.18. (a) Except as authorized under subdivision (b), an investigative consumer reporting agency may not make or furnish any investigative consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (7) Records of arrest, indictment, information, misdemeanor complaint, or conviction of a crime that, from the date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years. These items of information shall no longer be reported if at any time it is learned that, in the case of a conviction, a full pardon has been granted or, in the case of an arrest, indictment, information, or misdemeanor complaint, a conviction did not result; except that records of arrest, indictment, information, or misdemeanor complaints may be reported pending pronouncement of judgment on the particular subject matter of those records.
The Vehicle Code section provides for how long the DMV must disclose the info. The Civil Code provides for how far back the investigative reporting agency is permitted to disclose the information. So, for purposes of holding the investigative agency liable for unauthorized disclosure, seven years would be the maximum time period.

Hope this helps.


And, if you need to contact me again, please put my user id on the title line of your question (“ToCustomerrdquo;), and the system will send me an alert. Thanks!

socrateaser
socrateaser, Lawyer
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,498
Experience: Retired
Verified
socrateaser and 87 other California Employment Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask socrateaser Your Own Question
socrateaser
socrateaser
socrateaser, Lawyer
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,498
39,498 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Retired

socrateaser is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

1,285 satisfied customers

I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.

Tina

Tina

Attorney

923 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years experience & recognized by ABA for excellence in employment law.

Brandon, Esq.

Brandon, Esq.

Lawyer

348 satisfied customers

Has received a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his outstanding legal service.

melissamesq

melissamesq

Attorney

47 satisfied customers

Represent clients to maximum recovery in employment cases.

legalg

legalg

Other

35 satisfied customers

General Practitioner. Research Attorney

Roy Hadavi

Roy Hadavi

11 satisfied customers

Attorney at Law Offices of Rosenstein & Associates

Attorney2020

Attorney2020

Lawyer.

69 satisfied customers

I have significant experience in employment law.

< Previous | Next >

Related California Employment Law Questions
My employer requires extensive documentation to terminate an
my employer requires extensive documentation to terminate an employee...perfromance improvement plans...discipline etc … read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
JAG officer and former adjunct prof.
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
19,425 satisfied customers
I live in Los Angeles and I have a some job conserns,
I live in Los Angeles and I have a some job conserns … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,406 satisfied customers
I have a question, I'm getting a job at a company and they
I have a question, I'm getting a job at a company and they are offering me options. However they are not telling me strike price. Should I be concerned? … read more
Asad Rahman
Asad Rahman
Attorney
J.D.
2,303 satisfied customers
I am the manager at my family business and had a customer
I am the manager at my family business and had a customer write a check that bounced I would like to help from a lawyer to recover funds of $18k … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,406 satisfied customers
I am a Case Manager for developmentally disabled clients and
I am a Case Manager for developmentally disabled clients and am required to travel from each of my clients house within the county and spend 2 to 3-hours with each one. I drive my personal car and am … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I have a question on W2 employee and W2 contractor. I am
I have a question on W2 employee and W2 contractor. … read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Juris Doctorate
11 satisfied customers
How soon can I get a response from an employment lawyer. CA.
hello how soon can I get a response from an employment lawyer … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
My husband works for a company that has a Union Contract. At
My husband works for a company that has a Union Contract. At times he is made to work up to 3 weeks straight with no time off. Is this legal? … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,440 satisfied customers
This is new to me since I was never before been terminated
Hello, this is new to me since I was never before been terminated this way, only once as a multiple layoff situation. My employer of 27 months, a very successful start up who has grown from a 100 empl… read more
Bill Attorney
Bill Attorney
law
1,612 satisfied customers
I have a question concerning my open California State
I have a question concerning my open California State Disability. … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,440 satisfied customers
Marsi I worked for local 324 from 1987 to 1995 they say I am
Hi my name is ***** ***** I worked for local 324 from 1987 to 1995 they say I am short seven to 10 hours to become vested I believe I had a total of 9800 hours but all of my papers burned in Sonoma co… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,406 satisfied customers
I have been called to an investigation meeting with my
I have been called to an investigation meeting with my employer based on a complaint that another employee said i have been rude and condescending for 2 years. The interrogation is on Tuesday. I would… read more
Asad Rahman
Asad Rahman
Attorney
J.D.
2,303 satisfied customers
I was out on pregnancy disability from april 1, 2017- August
I was out on pregnancy disability from april 1, 2017- August 1, 2017, then took 6 weeks of cfra from August 1 to September 12th. … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I suffered a workers comp injury back in 2013 and have
I suffered a workers comp injury back in 2013 and have lifetime medical for psych and my right shoulder here in CA. My case was recently reopened, and I would like to request a service dog again for m… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I am looking for an attorney with experience in workers
Hello, I am looking for an attorney with experience in workers compensation … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I am looking for help regarding my job, which is
I am looking for help regarding my job, which is headquartered in California, but I am located in MI … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
A company offered a PR position to service their LA and NY
A company offered a PR position to service their LA and NY agencies. The employed mentioned that this position would also be helping their TBD/soon to be launched company. Upon confirming employment, … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have a small California based consulting business. So far,
I have a small California based consulting business. So far, it has been me with no employees on payroll. My first full time employee comes on board next week. I want to make sure I am in compliance w… read more
Asad Rahman
Asad Rahman
Attorney
J.D.
2,303 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x