Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Letter to Governor Brown

"I am writing you today to express concern about several state agencies actively trying to get around Labor Code section 432.9, also known as a bill AB 218.  I am a ex convict and have been subject to preliminary background searches by agencies like the Department of Insurance before an interview, positions that would not be on the restrictions or considered criminmal justice agencies routinely do preliminary background searches before hiring.  I have an email from the Department of Insurance proving such.

My purpose in writing you is to let you know that their are several state agencies working around your well intentioned "ban the box" law.  I have a 2 year old and need to find work which has been very hard to come by, but much harder when state agencies like the Department of Insurance do not obey the law.

Thank you,

Sean Gjerde"

Obviously state agencies are actively trying to get around this new law and are pretty up front about it which is suprising.  Nearly all state agencies now post on their job listings that background checks are required even though the position does not call for it and is not part of the exemptions of AB 218.

This is and should be a outrage to all.

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