Bad Background Check Leads to Stint in Jail

Nick Fishman

Well let’s chalk this one up to a bad candidate experience.  Mike Bauer was recently awarded a $75,000 judgment because he was incarcerated for 37 days after an employment background check erroneously indicated that he failed to pay child support.

And while we usually blame the screening company or the employer for mistakes such as these, in this instance, it was the Jefferson County, MO court who made the mistake.

The article doesn’t say why or how Bauer was arrested, but I suppose the company that wanted to hire him must have alerted the authorities.  Not only did it take 37 days to determine that the conviction didn’t belong to him, but as a result he lost his job and his home.

Yikes!

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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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  • Jennifer

    Oh, yes….I can just see the holier-than-thou HR person making that phone call, too.