Bad Background Check Leads to Stint in Jail
October 7, 2011
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.