Friday, April 13, 2012

Man allegedly denied job when background check erroneously said he raped a woman -- when he was 4

A man was denied a job after a prospective employer ran a background check that returned a 1987 rape conviction.

The problem is that the man, Samuel M. Jackson, was just 4 years old in 1987.

The actual rape conviction was for a man named Samuel L. Jackson, who was incarcerated at the time the check was run.

The National Consumer Law Center says situations like that have become much more common as more background checks are performed. Criminal background checks conducted on prospective employees routinely contain errors, mismatch people or misclassify criminal offenses.  Information that a job applicant who was arrested was found innocent may not be contained in the information supplied to the employer.

"The report’s authors urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to draw up regulations to ensure that background checks are accurate and to require background-check companies to register with the bureau so consumers have an opportunity to correct false or misleading information.

"They also urge the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the many companies that employers use to make sure they are not violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a federal law that protects consumers from false information in credit reports."


  1. "The actual rape conviction was for a man named Samuel L. Jackson, who was incarcerated at the time..."

    And therefore also not the Samuel L. Jackson who is a well known actor and movie producer.

    Using just a name can cause serious confusion, which, as seen in the story above, can have serious consequence for innocent people.

    I'd also note that in areas where there are numerous undocumented immigrants there also tend to be a high number of "shared identities", and those who use multiple aliases which often lead to others who share a name in common with another's assumed alias being misidentified.

    This causes headaches both for law enforcement, who too often end up arresting or detaining the wrong person, as well as the innocent person who is "blind-sided" with a warrant for "their" arrest (by name, and often date of birth when the actual person being sought had provided the stolen identity of that innocent person as their own).

  2. Here's a lovely one for ya:

    Scared man calls cops on woman who wants a ton of sex


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