CAUSE Weekly Wrap Up | 03


CAUSE Weekly Wrap Up | 03

It was a very busy week in the news…let’s dive right in!

  • CAUSE founder, Lucia Bone, was interviewed for a New York Times article about criminal records being barriers to employment. It was nice to have our side of the story heard to. Full article here.


  • A work placement company in Seattle failed to background screen its employees and day workers, and one man has been charged with raping a customer.  He was a convicted sex offender, and the company could have easily known this. Full story here


  • A school in Oregon is being sued for knowingly employing a convicted sex offender as a teacher.  The victim, a former student, brought the suit to ensure that the school changes its policies. Full story here.


  • Kansas Senate moves to pass a bill increasing the frequency of background checks on those employees working in schools. Right now background checks are only conducted upon hire, and never again. It’s clear that this needs to be challenged. Full story here


  • A Jersey City man who was tried on charges of kidnap and rape this month was hired by Hudson County in 2009 — without a background check — after a nearly 20-year history of violent crimes. Full story here.


  • A DIRECTV subcontractor has been accused of sexually assaulting a victim during an appointment. Another reminder to never be home alone when a service worker is present. “Invite a friend over for coffee”. Full story here. (Below: a very valid question was asked, and here’s our answer)

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  • The Dallas School District has been cited for poor background checks. Full story here.


  • An auditor finds that the University of Pittsburgh’s background screening efforts fall short. Athletic camp and campus employees working with minors during university hosted events had not undergone criminal background checks. Full story here.


  • A woman who was sexually assaulted by a cable repairman is suing her attacker and three companies, claiming the crime could have been prevented if they had done better background checks. Many, many lessons to be learned from this disturbing article.  Full story here.

Have tips or stories on background screening efforts and/or consumer safety? Let us know in the comments below!