Friday, August 02, 2013

Job seekers, employees, still seem to bear the responsibility for incorrect data stored about them; legal initiatives coming?

The National Employment Law Project estimates that 1.8 million people are subjected to FBI background checks containing incomplete or wrong information.  The original link is here
And even the Justice Department admitted in 2006 that federal government records supporting criminal background checks are often incomplete, link
However, employers are increasingly depending on background checks and credit scores.  And employers tend to believe, “You own your own reputation. Nobody but you can get it fixed if it is wrong.”
At the same time, as reported before, there have been EEOC lawsuits for disparate impact because of background checks, and calls for legislation to ban overusing them for less sensitive jobs.
Michelle Singletary weighed in on all this on July 31, p A11, “Surviving the data blame game”, link here
When I worked for Chilton Credit Reporting, the company decided in 1987 that all its own employees had to pass its own credit check.  There were rumors of “lie detector tests” to catching tampering with reports, but they never took place (and might have been illegal if they had).

But the concern over background checks omits another major area, online reputation, which can so easily be soiled by what others post about “you”. 

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