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Ohio job applicant sues over background check-related discrimination

Jul 16, 2011 Matt Roesly

An Ohio woman recently filed a discrimination suit against the Wood County Sheriff's Office for denying her a job as a dispatcher based on evidence uncovered in a routine background screening, according to the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune. Debra Ramey alleged that although she passed a drug screening and tests to gauge her physical and psychological fitness, she was not employed by the Sheriff's Office because a background check found that she had a criminal history and previously tried to commit suicide. She claimed the information was false and there was nothing in her records to indicate otherwise, the news source reports. Ramey - a breast cancer survivor who was in her mid-forties when she applied for the job in 2006 - alleged that the office passed her over for a younger woman who had a criminal record and no history of health issues. She is suing on the grounds of age and disability and is seeking compensatory damages and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 each, as well as court costs. Another type of background investigation was at issue in Ohio last month, when Columbus Democrat Tracy Maxwell Heard introduced legislation that would require mandatory background checks to be carried out at gun shows.