Erroneous background check

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  1. lovemy2dgraders

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    Ohmigoodness. I am SO stressed out. I got a letter when I got home today telling me that my job had been terminated due to the results of my background check. Well, I flipped the page, and they have me "aka" with my first name spelled incorrectly and a last name I went by for 3 years when I was married seven years ago. Thank goodness there is an avenue for me. I have already submitted my letter of contest. Also, this stems from the background check they submitted when I applied to be a substitute. I am hopeful that they ran a separate background check for my full time teaching position that has already come back clean so that I can just move past this. I sure would hate to have to get a lawyer! I am sure (and hopeful) that this is a very unique situation, but I would appreciate any words of support or encouragement!
     
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    If the background checks aren't you then you should be able to get past that easily enough. Good luck on getting it straight!!
    What part of Louisiana are you from?
     
  4. lovemy2dgraders

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    Shreveport. I know it will be resolved, but it's a tiny bit stressful when you receive a letter like I did, saying you're terminated. I am feeling much better now, but initially, I was extremely upset.
     
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    OH my goodness! That is horrible. They have you mixed up with someone else. Did the school terminate your positon? Or are they holding it with a long term sub until the issue with the background check is resolved?
     
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    Wow, I think that would make my heart stop! FWIW mistakes are made from time to time on background checks because of errors and similar names, etc. To err is human... I know that doesn't help. But it is relatively easy to clear up, although it may take a little time. Sounds like you have taken the appropriate steps. I seriously doubt you will have to get a lawyer involved. Are you a member of a teachers' union? If so, contact your shop steward. They can be really helpful. Good luck!
     
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    OMG, that's a horrible thing to happen. Can you contact the principal or school board and let them know it is wrong?
     
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    That must have been quite a shock for you! I am surprised that someone in administration did not speak to you personally. Have you had the opportunity to explain, in person, what really happened with your situation.
     
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    Well, it's kind of a weird situation, because before landing a full time teaching position I was a substitute. In our district (as in most, I believe), the personnel/human resource departments are totally separate for "classified" personnel (i.e. substitutes) and "certified" personnel (i.e. teachers). The letter actually came from "classified" personnel, so the "termination" they were referring to was actually telling me I could no longer work as a substitute. Well, I am no longer a substitute anyway. Also, I'm not positive if certified personnel did a background check seperately or not, but I'm sure the state did before they approved my temporary teaching certificate! Point being, I have had background checks for other jobs, and I think one or two other background checks in relation to the position I have now, so I know it's going to be okay. It just threw me for a loop, and I'm still not thrilled with such a horrible record EVER having been associated with my name. The guy who sent the letter said that as long as I am contesting it, I could keep my job until they hear back from the state. Well, how nice of him, since he can't take my job anyway, since he doesn't deal with certified personnel. I still need it resolved, but I don't think it will affect me in the long run at all. As for the comment about similar names, the name I had while married (the one this is linked to, though misspelled by one letter), was rather common, I mean, not Jennifer Smith or anything, but I have known THREE people in my life that had this same first and last name combination, so it's pretty common.
     
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    How do you they background checks there? We have to go be finger printed here.
     
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    I was fingerprinted, too, but my husband (a police officer) was saying that when they send your information from the school board to the state, that's not something they send. It's probably all electronic, and someone does a search. If they searched by name (and it was a common one) and didn't check the other information, that's one way this could have happened. The fingerprinting, however, would be one way I will get this resolved, because this woman was no doubt fingerprinted and mug shot-ed when she was arrested, and those things will not match up. It shouldn't have to go that far, because we obviously don't have the same social, but if it did, that would end it. This is so draining for me. Not to mention humiliating, to even have someone THINK that kind of thing about you, true or not, is really frustrating.
     
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    Ok know you don't have to answer but what the heck did this lady do?
     
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    I hope that this mess is so resolved for you.
     
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    Please let us know how things are progressing.
     
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    "Manufacture and Distribution of a Schedule I Narcotic" I was a pharmacy technician for 7 years prior to teaching, so I can tell you that a schedule I narcotic is any drug that has NO medicinal value, only street value, i.e. crack, methamphetamines, heroin, etc. So, you can see why I'm so upset that they have this on the same sheet of paper as MY name.

    I got the letter today that was a copy of the letter the guy from the school board sent to "Lieutenant" somebody telling them that I am contesting their findings and could they please clarify. I hope this is resolved quickly, I have enough other stuff going on and I really can't take one more thing.
     
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    Wow, what a mess. I hope that you are able to resolve this quickly and easily.
     
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    Thanks, I am confident it will be resolved soon.
     
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    lovemy2dgraders:

    Recieving that letter would be unnerving to say the least. I feel your pain, although my issue is not quite as traumatizing.

    I am struggling to "clear" a recurring record-keeping issue (since 1991). It "resurfaces" nearly everytime my wife and I go to finance a major purchase. Fortunately for us, the last potential lender expressed, "This is impacting your credit rating, which influences loan and health, life, auto, and home insurance rates, and many other things that you are probably not aware of."

    Sadly, the major credit bureaus have failed to "close" a lien account, which was paid within a month after the time it was recorded in 1991. Granted, until this last credit denial I was not as ferocious about getting it corrected. The previous lenders just "factored" this aberation into the loan rate (without explaining the long-term cost).

    Another life lesson learned the hard way!... I have experienced my share of them, for sure.
     
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    Oh goodness lovemy2dgraders, that is horrible to be stuck to your name. I always worry that something weird is going to happen with my name.
    I hope it is fixed quickly without to much headache on your part.
    GLOWS
     
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    WOOO HOOO! I got an email from the school board guy who sent me the mean letter. It went something like this: OOPS! Okay, not really, but he did say that he had heard from the state and it was their error and "sorry for the mixup! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!" I was thinking,"onions on my burger, that's a mixup, a letter telling you you're fired immediately, that's a little more than a mixup!"
    Thanks for the well wishes! I am so THANKFUL that this was resolved so quickly!
     
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    I had something like that with a returned check, my name, but TOTALLY different address, town, and bank, and checking account number. It was a weird feeling, but I got it straightened out. I bet you are breathing a BIG sigh of relief.
     
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    I'm so happy for you. You really deserve this Thanksgiving, so enjoy yourself. Your situation just proves people need to be a bit more careful with background checks since we don't own copywrite to our names.:D
     
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    I'm glad to hear that everything worked out. What an awful (an hopefully uncommon!) situation that was. I agree with hatima, enjoy the holiday, you deserve it!
     
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    What a relief that everything was straightened out!! Now that won't be weighing on your mind.
     
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    They don't do a background checks here in CA as far as I know. They do fingerprint checks, which from my understanding isn't the same thing. We have a casino that does background checks, which include DOJ/FBI fingerprint clearance, credit check, talking to neighbors, verifying past addresses, etc. Anyway as far as I know the Character/Identification Clearance is just your fingerprints. Is that something different that some school boards do?
     
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    Well, all I know is that our criminal background checks go through the state, and the person who did my background check at the state police, ran a check by name instead of social, and spelled my name wrong, making it a VERY common name. I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing, it's just a check of your criminal history through the state and FBI. The school board DID take my fingerprints too, and I'm not sure what all else they do, but this was the state's screw up. I just wonder if I'll ever hear from them at all. I don't guess I'll hold my breath.
     
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    California most certainly does a criminal background check. The fingerprints, along with the other identifying information you are required to give, such as name, address, social security number, aliases, and date of birth, are used to obtain criminal background information from the FBI and California DOJ. And the DOJ is required, upon request by the CTC, to provide all information it has about you, except information that might compromise an ongoing investigation.

    FWIW fingerprint checks aren't perfect. For many reasons, sometimes there are false matches, and sometimes matches are missed. It used to depend very much on the skill of the examiner. Now, modern systems using aritificial intelligence techniques are improving things. But they still aren't perfect.

    The important thing is mistakes are sometimes made and there are ways to undo the effects of these mistakes. Luckily, the error rate is pretty small, although that probably isn't any comfort to anyone affected by it.
     

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