Most background checks will turn up prior litigation, whether criminal or civil; at least this is true with the background checks that I have seen. Generally, it will only refer to the parties and the case number and the employer can then go investigate further if he or she chooses.
There may be specific Florida laws that limit what parts of a background check a Florida-based employer can use in evaluating a job candidate. And you are always protected by the Fair Credit Reporting Act:
"Under the FCRA, your small business is required to have employees sign a disclosure form granting authorization to perform a background check. The FCRA is not just restricted to credit reports but includes all 'consumer reports.' Laws will vary from state to state in how and what information can be used during the pre-employment screening process."
But to answer your question, a background check will likely reveal any prior litigation you have been involved in and the other parties involved in that litigation. If you have authorized your prospective employer to conduct a background check (in writing!), I would be prepared for this question to come up in an interview or somewhere down the line.
Best of luck to you. I hope this information provides at least a little help.
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