Civil Court Checks

Deep insights for important hiring decisions. Running civil court checks as part of your hiring process can minimize your company’s risk and liability.


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Fill In Gaps In Standard Background Checks

In addition to knowing about a candidate’s criminal history, you also may want to know whether or not they are now or have been involved in non-criminal lawsuits, judgements or claims. This is important when filling management positions or roles with financial responsibilities. Running civil court checks as part of your hiring process can minimize your company’s risk and liability, protect assets and, in some cases, comply with industry standards. In addition, civil searches help protect your company’s brand and reputation, and promote trust in the workplace.

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A More In-Depth Picture

PeopleG2 offers civil court checks at the county, state and federal level. Searches of civil court records tell you whether a candidate has been named as a respondent in a variety of cases. Depending on the level, cases may include product liability suits, violation of civil rights, judgments, sexual harassment, contract disputes, torts, family disputes, nonpayment of goods and other similar cases. A clean civil history doesn’t guarantee a candidate’s integrity, but a history with issues should prompt you to discuss circumstances with the candidate.


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Compliance Uncomplicated

While your company will bear ultimate responsibility for compliance, we’re here to advise you. Civil court checks must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines, as well as local, state and federal fair hiring (ban the box) laws.

If a civil court check compels you to deny employment, follow the steps outlined by the FCRA. Some local laws also outline specific steps for adverse action.

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Critical Information on a Need-to-Know Basis

PeopleG2 offers options in civil court checks to meet your company’s specific needs. The following [table/list] provides a brief description and different applications. For help in choosing the right criminal checks, please contact us.

County civil search

Cases at the county level typically are filed by individuals or  corporations against other individuals or corporations. A civil search can show whether a candidate has been involved in cases involving liens and foreclosures, small claims, breach of contract, personal injury, restraining orders and more.

Statewide civil search

Many states offer a civil search comparable to the county one, but including all counties in the state. If available in your state, this search can be run as a broader alternative to the county civil search.

Federal civil search

Federal civil records are searched at an appropriate US District Court. The records, however, are limited to that specific district within that state. Records can show candidate involvement in violations of civil rights, interstate commerce or federal regulations, as well as tax disputes.