Last Updated: June 2017

Georgia

Employers that are either located in Georgia or hiring Georgia residents must abide by the Federal FCRA, and they should consider the following state laws. For more information on Georgia state laws, please visit the state legislature.




Background check laws in GA:

GA Code 35-3-34 (3) (b) – Georgia Crime Information Center Records

In the event that an employment decision is made adverse to a person whose record was obtained pursuant to this Code section, the person will be informed by the business or person making the adverse employment decision of all information pertinent to that decision. This disclosure shall include information that a record was obtained from the center, the specific contents of the record, and the effect the record had upon the decision. Failure to provide all such information to the person subject to the adverse decision shall be a misdemeanor.

In other words: 

If an employer decides not to hire an applicant after reviewing criminal record information obtained through GCIC, the employer must inform the applicant of: (1) the origin of the record – i.e., that it came from the GCIC; (2) the facts and contents of the record; and (3) the effect the record had on the employer’s final hiring decision.

 

 


 How to Dispute Your Records: 

Criminal Records:

If you find that your criminal records are incorrect or incomplete and you would like to take action, you should contact the specific jurisdiction in which the records were originally filed.

Feel free to take a look at some of these resources for more information:
Online Georgia Felon Search
Fingerprinting Fees

Civil Records:

All of the following are included in civil records: judgments, liens, evictions, family and small claims cases. If you would like to dispute a record, contact the court in which the record was filed.

List of all courts and their contact information

Contact State Law Officials

Georgia Crime Information Center
CCH/Identification Services
P.O. Box 370808
Decatur, GA 30037
Fax: (404) 270-8417
gacriminalhistory@gbi.state.ga.us
website

Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia
244 Washington Street SW, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-5171
TDD/TDY: (404) 463-6788
website

National Laws and Resources

In order to set a standard around hiring policies, the federal government has created the Fair Credit Reporting Act or FCRA to monitor and protect both employers and job seekers. With this law, individuals are protected from unfair workplace discrimination and data breaches of their private, sensitive information. Interested in learning more? Check out GoodHire’s 10-step process for legally obtaining background reports. Be sure to read the official FCRA full text or summary legal document for more details.

Find any court in the USA: Court Locator Tool http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator/CourtLocatorSearch.aspx

Disclaimer
GoodHire tries to update and correct the information provided for this state regularly, but we cannot make the guarantee that everything is fully up-to-date. Laws and regulations change often. This information is not meant to be used as legal advice, solicitation, or advertising. We always recommend speaking to a lawyer before taking any legal action. Please contact us if you find something that is incorrect or out-of-date on our site.