Case of Mistaken Identity Shows Why Job Applicants Should Perform Self Background Checks

A report from FOX6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tells the story about a local woman hired by a department store who suffered from a case of mistaken identity when a criminal background check run on her uncovered a 2006 conviction for battery, a conviction she did not disclose on her job application since the crime was committed by her twin brother who had the same birth date and similar name. The story, which serves as an example why job applicants should be proactive and try to “self” background check themselves to avoid errors, is available at: http://fox6now.com/2012/07/22/broken-records/. 

According to the FOX6 News report, the woman – who has the first name of “Donnie” – was sent home on the very first day of her brand new job after the human resources manager told her she had lied on her job application for not disclosing a 2006 conviction in Milwaukee County for battery found during a background check. However, the woman “Donnie” had a twin brother “Don” with the same last name who was born on the same day and who had been the actual person convicted of battery in 2006.

FOX6 News reported the woman paid to get her own criminal background checks from Milwaukee County and the state Department of Justice and found no records. She also filed a dispute with the background screening company hired by the department store and her record was verified as clean. An attorney specializing in employment discrimination interviewed by FOX6 News suggested job applicants run their own criminal background checks and tell potential employers about any problematic results.

Background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), agreed that forewarned is forearmed. “If you know that there is a relative that has been in trouble with the law and has a similar name, or there is some other person with your name that had behaved badly, a job applicant can warn an employer about that beforehand. When something does go wrong, there is a legal process that allows job applicants to set the record right at no cost to them,” he said.

“Self-background checks help job applicants who may have had a legal run in but where the matter was set aside,” said Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ “If the court did not update their records timely, knowing ahead of time a court did not correct a record about you can be helpful.”

MyESRcheck.com, a “self” background check solution from ESR, allows job applicants to run background checks to verify their own employment, education, and clean criminal records, as well as their credentials and licensing. To learn more about MyESRcheck.com, visit http://www.myesrcheck.com/.

“Screening firms perform millions of background checks a year, and the accuracy rate is extremely high, especially considering court records do not contain social security numbers. Employers and screening firms do not even use factors such as sex or race due to the implications of discrimination,” Rosen explained.

“Although this was a case where a person was the victim of mistaken identity because her twin brother with the same last name and birthday committed an offense, the good news is she got it corrected,” Rosen concluded. “Unfortunately, the much more common situation is where an employer fails to do proper a backgrounds check, resulting in a child being molested, or people being the victim of sexual assaults, violent crimes, and even murder. Then the question is ‘Why didn’t the employer do more?’”

For information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call 415.898.0044.

Source:
http://fox6now.com/2012/07/22/broken-records/

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