Staffing Firms Put Their Business ‘At Risk’ by Not
Doing Background Checks
old woman, high on crack, drove her vehicle into a crowd enjoying
the Unifest Food and Music Festival in D.C., causing injury to
40 people including 7 kids. The woman had a crack pipe in her
hand and her 7 year old child in the passenger seat. Tonya Bell
of Oxon Hill, MD was charged with aggravated assault while armed.
The woman had felony and misdemeanor arrests dating as far back
as 1995 and served prison times for drug charges.
At the time of the incident, Ms. Bell was employed by a DC temporary
staffing company on a receptionist assignment for the office of
former mayor and now D.C. council member Marion Berry. After hearing
of the horrific event, Barry’s office terminated the woman’s
assignment. They also terminated their contract with the staffing
company because “they may not have properly investigated
her background prior to placing her in office”.
It appears that an Ohio medical staffing company sent Herman Brown,
a nurse aide, on an assignment to a hospital psychiatric ward.
While on assignment, he was charged with (and pleaded not guilty
to) “rape, kidnapping, gross sexual imposition and sexual
battery”. Not only was Mr. Brown alleged to not have the
credentials to do the job, the hospital officials are convinced
that the staffing company did not do the REQUIRED background checks
because “if the temp agency had done so, it would have found
(prior) charges of theft, forgery, aggravated burglary and drug
abuse.” “The hospital has wisely instituted a requirement
that temp agencies show proof of background checks for their referrals.”
Ohio Hospital Association has severed ties with the agency that
hired the worker.” The hospital has dismissed the other
15 temporary staff from their duties and severed its relationship
with the temp agency.”