Botched FBI Background Check Causes Woman to Lose Job
November 1, 2009
And for our 900th EmployeeScreenIQ Blog post we have IRONY! When we started blogging many years ago we wrote a lot about the failures of FBI background screening. Well today, for our monumental 90oth post, the story has been written for us!
Eschol Amelia Studnitz lost her $58,000 accounting job July 31 because a government background check deemed her “unsuitable” for a low-level security clearance. She was stunned. She had no criminal record.
“I kept thinking, ‘What could I have done?’ ” said the 59-year-old Carroll County resident, who goes by the name Amy.
Her shock was warranted: Her firing was based on a mistake. And within days, her employer, Corporate Mailing Services of Arbutus, heard from the Social Security Administration that she could, in fact, work on a new contract handling mail for the agency.
But three bewildering months after her dismissal, Studnitz has not been rehired or found other work in this tight job market. A single woman who’s relying on her $405 weekly unemployment checks, she says she is behind on the mortgage for her Manchester home and has a shut-off notice from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
“I’m in a jam, a real jam,” she said, “and I didn’t do this to myself.” She wants to regain the job she landed in April 2008, but the company now says it won’t rehire her due to supposed performance shortfalls. She would like to sue the government for thousands of dollars of lost income, but could face long odds.
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