[FoRK] HireRight -- employment background checks -- be prepared to give your ENTIRE work history

John Mitchell jdmitchell at gmail.com
Tue May 14 11:00:04 PDT 2013


"I" just conveniently forget to fill those sorts of forms out. :-)

And don't sign any waiver of effective discrimination based on the use of unverified information from any such service.

John

On May 14, 2013, at 10:05 AM, "Joseph S. Barrera III" <joe at barrera.org> wrote:

> I* have accepted an offer at a Company who happens to use HireRight for employment background checks.
> 
> I had the pleasure of filling their webforms with my ENTIRE work history.  There is no cutoff date.  They want it all.
> 
> (Well, actually, I stopped at post-graduate school.  Hopefully they don't care about the jobs I did while in undergrad, or about the horse stable I worked at in high school.)
> 
> They also want start/end dates to the month.  Thank goodness I have all my email going back to September 1582.
> 
> They also phone numbers for all these companies.  It's actually sad how many of the companies I've worked for no longer exist... hopefully not my fault!
> 
> They also want salaries for all these positions?  How am I supposed to remember how much I was making in 1992?  The IRS only wants to you keep ~ 7 years of tax returns.  But I need 20+ years of records for an employment background check?
> 
> I'm just hoping they don't mix me up with some random Joe Barrera in Texas convicted of car theft (or worse, this guy: http://www.sorarchives.com/citydirectory/TX/Irving/Joe_Barrera_1215957). Evidently HireRight is VERY sloppy about verifying that criminal records actually apply to potential employees with similar names.
> 
> I really am a bit bothered about the verification of salaries.  If all companies use such a process, then they don't need to pay you what you're worth -- they can conspire to pay you just a bit more (or less!) than you were payed in your previous job.  This can lock in existing pay-discrimination practices for entire groups of people.
> 
> - Joe
> 
> * I say "I" but that's just a one-letter shorthand for "a close friend of mine".
> 
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