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3 ON YOUR SIDE UPDATE: John Morales starts his job

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UPDATE: John Morales was out of a job last week, after claiming a staffing company promised him a better opportunity. After reaching out to 3 On Your Side last week, he had his first day of work this morning.


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John Morales is still unemployed.

"I'm frustrated because I was told I had a job, and now I don't have a job. I had a great job before, and I lost it," said Morales.

Morales said he was making $11/hour at an inventory company, but recently learned of a better deal at Amazon.

"I had an opportunity to make more money," he said.

Morales says he went to Integrity Staffing Solutions, a local temp agency. He showed Eyewitness News paperwork documenting a start date of October 1st. He would've been making $11.75/hour working the overnight shift, and was scheduled to begin orientation at the end of last month.

Morales said he gave notice to his old employer, and was ready to begin his new job until he was notified of a problem.

"They're telling me that my background check is not completed," he said.

Nearly a week after his scheduled start date, Morales is still out of a job.

Because he is hearing impaired, he uses a special chat system to communicate, instead of the phone. Records show his "concern" has been forwarded to other departments, with no indication that a position is still open.

"I have no job, no income, don't know what to do now," he explained.

Morales is actively searching for other jobs, and wants others to learn from his story.

"I would definitely recommend making sure you have the job and the background check has been completed before you give your notice," he said.

Integrity Staffing Solutions' corporate office tells Channel 3 that they warn all potential employees that their employment is contingent upon a background check.
According to an Integrity Staffing spokesperson, the company advises all potential employees not to quit their current jobs until they clear the background check. Additionally, job candidates may appeal incorrect information on a background check.

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