Unfortunately, many nurses in the DFW area are unaware that this organization exists until it is to late. . If they were used to solely reveal known criminal behaivior, I would be more supportive. Unfortunately, a manager can list anything regarding the reasons you were terminated and you have no ability to place a rebuttal or have false information removed. The two links below (1) are to a thread here in allnurses, (2) the other is to DFW GroupOne home page. I do think that if you are denied employment related to information in a GroupOne report, they are obligated to disclose that as the reason. Often you will be asked to sign as part of your employment application - a sheet stating that you allow permission for them to review a "consumer report". Most people think that it is a mere credit report -- unfortunately it is more. This is a quote from their website:
"All terminations are reported to GroupOne when they occur, and are added to our database. When an applicant applies for a job at one of our member hospitals, their employment history is already in the database, ready to be accessed. Because our service operates in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, we are able to provide our members with factual employment references without the fear of litigation."
"GroupOne Services is a "consumer reporting agency" operating under the legal authority of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This is very important because it provides employers
the ability to share information on former employees through a third party reporting agency such as GroupOne.
Under the FCRA, employers who furnish such information are immune from "any action or proceeding in the nature of defamation, invasion of privacy, or negligence . . . except as to false information furnished with malice or willful intent to injure" the former employee.
GroupOne accepts full responsibility for ensuring that all of our practices and policies are fully compliant with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, thereby maintaining our clients' protection. We back this responsibility with professional Liability, and Errors and Omissions Insurance.
Additionally, GroupOne has an attorney on retainer whose specialty is the Fair Credit Reporting Act. He is available to complement and support our clients' employment law counsel. There is a real difference between state employment law and provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act."