Hotel Employee with Criminal Record Accused of Raping Guest

Nick Fishman

Just as I was about to abandon my summer of EEOC bashing, I came across this story in USA Today which demonstrates why precluding or limiting employers’ ability to conducting criminal background checks can have disastrous consequences.

Orlando Hotel Worker with Criminal Record Accused of Raping Guest

In Orlando, local NBC affiliate WESH 2 News reports that a hotel guest says a hotel employee used his master key to get into her room and rape her.

The victim said he raped her while she begged him to stop, the TV station reported yesterday afternoon.

Police arrested Irving Gifford, 38, a hotel employee who lives at the hotel – and who, it turns out, has been in state prison seven different times, according to the story, citing Florida Department of Corrections information. WESH 2 News raised the issue with the hotel:

Hotel management refused to tell WESH 2 News if they knew about Gifford’s criminal history, why he had an all-access pass to rooms and whether they run background checks on workers.

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My guess is that they did not run a background check.  Of course, we don’t yet know what these convictions were for, but small time criminals don’t serve time in state prisons 7 different times.  If they had known about these records, there is no way this person would have been access to guest rooms.

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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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