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Hotels Sued After Employee with No Background Check Accused of Crime

Posted by admin on May 30, 2013

hiring_employee_background_checkHiring an employee requires sufficiently vetting his or her fitness for employment, and failing to do so might expose a firm to significant risks. Such is the case for two hotel chains with locations in Maricopa county in Arizona, both of which now face legal consequences because of alleged crimes an employee of both companies committed against patrons. The worker was allowed to work without first being cleared by a background screen.

Accused of rape in separate attacks
According to AZCentral, two hotel chains have been faced with civil complaints in Arizona's Maricopa County Superior Court alleging the businesses failed to screen an employee who has since been accused of raping two women in separate instances.

Reports indicate the employee worked at both hotels at different times between 2011 and 2012 in the capacity of a night shift front-desk attendant. Accusations brought {made?} in court allege the individual used master keys to customer rooms at night and sexually assaulted two women.

At least one instance of the employee entering a women's room was caught on surveillance tape. However, after being interviewed, the man in question was not arrested by local authorities because of insufficient evidence.

Media outlets report the accused individual is a level-three registered sex offender who was convicted in 1996 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. AZCentral said there is no documentation available to indicate either business conducted a criminal background check on the individual.

Brigham Cluff, an attorney representing one of the alleged victims in the civil complaint, told AZCentral the burden to provide a safe environment for customers is on the businesses.

"These women were targeted by the hotel clerk," Cluff said. "The hotels have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment, provide reasonable security - and in this case they really blew it."

It's imperative that businesses protect themselves, their staff and their patrons from unsafe situations involving employees, making background screening solutions provided by an HR partner a priceless resource.

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