Bad Background Check Errantly Labels Applicant a Murderer
November 9, 2010
Recently, a man in Nashville, TN granted consent to a potential employer to conduct a background check. The results of the background check revealed that this particular gentleman had been convicted of first degree murder and they of course, decided not to hire him. Only one problem. That conviction didn’t belong to the job applicant.
A man applying for a job found out he not only didn’t get hired but he was labeled a murderer. Employers do background checks all the time to reveal an applicant’s past, but one man told the Channel 4 I-Team his background check is wrong and court documents reveal he’s right.
“Murderer, first degree, you know, it doesn’t get any worse,” said Kevin Brooks.
Brooks went from a man on a mission to man out of commission. His job search stopped when the results of his background check labeled him a murderer.
“I said, ‘Now, is this what kept me from getting the job?’ And she said, ‘Yeah,’” said Brooks.
Stories like these are not good for employers or job applicants, but they are entirely avoidable. Companies like EmployeeScreenIQ confirm that a record actually belongs to a candidate before we report the results to a client. We do so by confirming any identifiers that are included on the record beyond a name match: for instance a date of birth, social security number and, or address. Not doing so leads to a whole bunch of scenarios that don’t bode well for anyone.