Podcast: Lucia Bone, Founder & President – The Sue Weaver Cause

Jason Morris

Lucia Bone
Lucia Bone

employeescreenIQ’s Jason Morris spent some time talking to Lucia Bone, Founder & President of the Sue Weaver Cause. Lucia’s sister, Sue Weaver was raped and murdered by a service worker who was hired to do work in her home. Had the employer conducted a background check they would have known that the employee was a convicted sex offender. Lucia founded C.A.U.S.E. to educate employers about the need to perform background checks to ensure that they are not hiring the wrong individuals. Please take a moment to listen to this interview.

P.S. Yesterday, we posted a story that we found in New York’s Daily Star that told of a cable employee who entered a customer’s home while on the job and sexually assaulted her. We asked Lucia for comment on this story and she offered the following:

“Absolutely it is the responsibility of the company that uses contractors and subcontractors to make sure that they are being screened to the same criteria as if they were an employee. After all, they are representing the company that contracted them.

Many companies have been found liable for the actions of not only their employees but their subcontractors as well. Businesses have an obligation to their customers to make sure they are not sending convicted felons into their homes.

The Sue Weaver CAUSE, Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment, was founded in memory of my sister that was raped and beaten to death by a twice-convicted sex offender hired to do service work in her home. Her killer was a subcontractor of Burdines. Not only did the contractor go out of business, but the premier Florida retailer settled out of court for millions.

C.A.U.S.E. Certification is a program designed to better protect consumers and employers by offering a means of hiring safer employees, contractors and subcontractors. Such a program could and should have saved not only Sue’s life but many more. C.A.U.S.E. Certification is launching on August 27, the seven year anniversary of Sue’s murder, with a national awareness campaign to educate consumers and employers to the dangers of not knowing who you hire.”

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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