OJ Simpson Has Done It Again: A Valuable Lesson in Background Checks

Nick Fishman

Well color me surprised!  OJ Simpson is in trouble again.  This time, he was convicted of kidnapping and robbery in a Nevada court.  Now, he faces life in prison; something that comes about 13 years too late.  Evidently, this time the glove fit.  Gone are the good old days of the Juice dashing through airports for Hertz and reporting from the sidelines of a football game for NBC.

What would these companies find of they conducted a background check on Mr. Simpson today?  If they ran a Civil Records Search they would find a wrongful death judgment against him by Ronald Goldman’s family.  They might also find several liens and judgments if they ran a credit report.  Mind you, they would not find a conviction for murder in the LA courts because, well, he had the best attorneys money could by and some opined even the best jury money could buy.  Also noteworthy is the fact that arrest records greater than 7 years cannot be reported or used in a hiring decision.  However, if they conducted a Criminal Records Search in Clark County, Nevada they would find the aforementioned felony convictions for kidnapping and robbery.

Now on to Employment Verifications.  Very soon, Mr. Simpson might have the following experience on his resume: License Plate Engineer for the Nevada Department of Corrections.  That has a nice ring to it.  That would be a fun supervisor interview.  Reference Interview?  Where’s AC Cowlings these days?  Unfortunately, Simpson’s original defender, Robert Kardashian (father of Kim Kardashian, girlfriend of Reggie Bush), has passed away and can no longer vouch for his good friend.  I guess that just leaves Kato Kaelin.

I’m thinking Mr. Simpson will no longer qualify for employment.  Perhaps he was a visionary who saw his 401K plummet and decided that he would rather be a guest of the government until the market comes back.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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