Trouble With Background Checks Essay

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THE TROUBLE WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS; Employee screening has become a big business, but not always an accurate one. This article presented instances of people who claimed that background screening firms ruined their chances at job opportunities. In each case the applicants, Ted Pendergrass, Theon Carter, John Griffith, and Ingrid Morales, all have claims that background screening firms have inaccurate information. Ted Pendergrass applied and was rejected for the store supervisor job at Walgreens in November of 2006. The reason, a background screening firm called ChoicePoint, which is the largest screening firm in the United States for corporate employers, had reported to Walgreens that Mr. Pendergrass had a record of “cash register fraud and theft of merchandise” totaling over $7,000. These accusations were from his previous job at Rite Aid in 2005, where his employer accused him of theft and underpaying for DVDs. Mr. Pendergrass denied the allegations and wrote a statement to that effect. He was still fired. Later at an unemployment hearing Mr. Pendergrass it was ruled that Rite Aid did not have enough evidence to prove it’s accusation of theft. Mr. Pendergrass was awarded some benefits, but the report of theft had already been submitted to the database of ChoicePoint. Both Theon Carte and John Griffith are truck drivers who each made complaints about the safety of their respective vehicles. Both were wrongfully terminated for those legitimate complaints. In each case a judge ruled that the termination was wrongful due to legitimate safety concerns, however both still have negative marks on their files in the background screening firm USIS and their Drive-A-Check (DAC)division. Even after speaking with a DAC representative, it is unclear whether Mr. Carter or Mr. Griffith will ever have the negative remarks removed from their records. In 2001 Ingrid Morales

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