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Column Extra pt. 2: What California’s personnel board said about Victor Guerrero’s rejected job application

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 2:25 pm

State officials wouldn’t talk to us about Guerrero v. CDCR and SPB, the federal discrimination lawsuit that prompted today’s State Worker column. However, we did dig up a 2012 decision by the State Personnel Board that upheld the prison department’s first rejection of Victor Guerrero’s application to become a correctional officer.

The document succinctly lays out the state’s rationale that Guerrero, a former undocumented immigrant who is now a U.S. citizen, violated ethical standards for state service when he knowingly used a Social Security number that wasn’t his own to find work for a decade and, in one instance, to file a workers compensation claim for an on-the-job injury. Guerrero admitted his fraud (he was never arrested or charged) on a state job application and contends that the question and his rejection for being truthful is state-sponsored racial discrimination.

The State Personnel Board agreed with the Department of Correction’s rejection of his first application. We’ve embedded its decision, obtained through the state’s Public Records Act, below. You also can download it by clicking here. Check out our earlier post about the Guerrero lawsuit here.

The State Worker column has room for just 450 words each week. Column Extras let State Worker blog users delve more deeply into the notes, quotes and documents that underpin our weekly feature.

Redacted State Personnel Board's Adopted Decision After Remand

Editor’s note, 2 p.m.: An earlier version of this post contained the wrong document.

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