They really need to separate non violent, non theft offenses out of the screening system.
Something like 17 years ago I was pulled over by a small town cop w/ my loser ex brother in law in the car. (We were called late in the eve to come
pick him up after he got kicked out of some hick bar in the middle of nowhere and his "friends" refused to leave with him or give him a ride).
The cop did the standard, I need to search your car, etc, etc I said OK because I had nothing to hide. Well, I didn't, my jerk ex BIL had some
substances he managed to shove under his seat at some point.
The cop found this, did the "who does this belong to, if no one admits it everyone goes to jail" and asshole stood there and kept his mouth shut.
Despite being completely innocent, no record, nothing I end up in front of a hick town judge who hands me a conviction based on "mandatory drug laws"
but suspends the jail time so I don't have to deal with that.
FFWD ten years or so and I have an excellent career. I work for one of the largest tech firms in the World in a high dollar position and do work for
the US Govt, Foreign govts, military etc. I explained my story in the back ground checks and the company looked into it and hired me anyway.
Unfortunately, despite being bonded for millions of dollars by the company and passing their checks, every now and then a client would want to run
their own back ground check. This meant giving my ss number and info to all these 3rd parties I did not work for and having some of them come back and
tell my company I couldn't do work for them. Now, try to understand - I actually held a top secret clearance at this time which I shouldn't have had.
By having a previous clearance before the incident from another job and being granted an exception based on my interview and investigation, I was
cleared for all kinds of stuff but some of the most ridiculous companies you ever heard of wanted no part of me doing work for them.
Needless to say, I never had any issues, no missing info or misused data, etc in my entire career.
We need to reform how and when background checks can be used. We also need to reform how and when credit / financial checks are used. People who can
and would do perfectly well w/ no issues at these jobs are denied employment every day for reasons that would make you laugh if you knew the full
edit on 25-4-2012 by ecoparity because: (no reason given)