A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of an employee who lied on his background screening form when applying for a job with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The court found that the employee broke the law when he failed to disclose that he had collected workers’ compensation payments for a back injury sustained while working for a previous employer. Because of the disability claim, the employee was supposedly barred from lifting heavy items or standing for long periods of time, both requirements of the TSA job for which he applied.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued instructions to federal contractors on criminal background screening of employees. The OFCCP’s directive urges contractors to consider federal antidiscrimination laws before refusing to hire applicants based on the results of criminal background checks.
Without a broad base of trust, society and all of our institutions would fail to function. This is the focus of Bruce Schneier’s newest book, Liars & Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive.