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US firms prepare for rolling background checks

Employment lawyer Jon Hyman said companies might worry that they do not really know who is working for them, with the #MeToo movement playing a role in the concerns

By Michael Sasso and Jeff Green  /  Bloomberg

InfoMart’s Gordon sees no contradiction in the two trends, as companies that look past previous indiscretions need to know what is happening with their workforce, he said.

“The background check companies are very good at marketing fear of liability to employers,” said Drake, the Berger & Montague lawyer. “I think a lot of employers say: ‘I’m buying at least the illusion of safety,’ but my view is what they’re really getting is just security theater. I think it is an illusion, and I think that they are potentially missing out on really good workers as a result of that.”

As for driver Cradeur, Uber reactivated his account and gave him US$1,000 for his troubles after he proved his innocence.

However, the wound has yet to heal.

“In the last couple months, I’ve almost exclusively driven for Lyft,” he said. “It definitely left a bad taste in my mouth.”

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