Lawsuit Hits Wisconsin Governor Concerning Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 1/5/2012

A lawsuit filed by Becky Chasensky against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker alleges that she was overlooked for the position of Marinette County register of deeds based on the results of a bankruptcy that was found when a background check was done. Additionally, she is alleging that Walker violated her rights to equal protection under the law because he hired a person who happened to be more politically connected than she was. In fact, the person who was appointed as the Marinette County register of deeds, Renee Miller, is the wife of Paul Miller, who is the campaign treasurer for Rep. John Nygren of Marinette County. It should be noted that Renee Miller had no previous experience with land or deed records, yet other candidates for the position did.

Bankruptcy law in the US makes it illegal to deny employment for public sector positions, solely on a bankruptcy. State records show that Gov. Walker was planning on and advised to appoint Chasensky to the position. However, plans changed once it was revealed that she filed bankruptcy in 2009 according to Cullen Werwie, who is the spokesman for the Governor. Werwie is also getting sued by Chasensky for revealing her bankruptcy to the media. Walker, as of last week, remains unchanging in his decision and states that the courts would affirm this decision was the right one to make.

Wisconsin has certainly seen its problems over the past year, but this is a problem that can happen to any company who performs employment screening background checks on potential employees.

As outlined in an earlier article on the most recent rulings regarding the bankruptcy code, by understanding applicable employment laws in both your state and at the federal level, you can avoid situations similar to the one currently being played out in Wisconsin. Getting your job background checks done through companies like can make the entire process more streamlined; saving you time, hassle and most importantly, ensuring you access to guidance about how to stay compliant with regulations in your state when it come to performing any  type of background check on your potential employees.

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