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Lawsuit filed over faulty background check, firing

Apr 21, 2011 Matt Roesly

Lawsuit filed over faulty background check, firing
A Michigan man has filed a lawsuit against the Roskam Baking Company for firing him after reviewing the results of a flawed background check, according to MLive.
 Leonardo Molina of Grand Rapids, Michigan claims he was hired to fill a full-time position by the Roskam Baking Co. in late 2007 after having worked there part-time through a temp agency, only to be fired two days after receiving the news that he had gotten the job. “They kicked me out...didn't tell me anything," said Molina in an interview with the Saginaw News. A background check showed an out-of-state 2007 felony conviction. Only later did he learn the Florida conviction belonged to another Leonardo Molina. The Fair Credit Reporting Act, which Molina cites as the basis of his lawsuit, requires that employers provide workers a chance to dispute alleged errors in background reports. However, employers do not have to keep the position open until the issue is resolved, which is exactly what happened to Molina. Additionally, Molina is suing Backgrounds Online, the company that is responsible for compiling the faulty background information for Roskam, seeking compensation for lost wages and employment opportunity along with other damages.