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From the notebook: Read the ruling that says Fair Employment and Housing knowingly broke civil service rules

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 11:02 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 11:13 am

Here are some details that didn’t get into today’s story about a looming investigation of personnel practices at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, plus documents:

1. Allegations that DFEH had illegally promoted employee Angelina Endsley surfaced during a first-of-its-kind spot check of personnel practices by the State Personnel Board’s Compliance Review Division. The division was formed as part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s reorganization/consolidation of the board and the old Department of Personnel Administration (now called the Department of Human Resources).

2. Endsley applied for her two promotions in good faith, the State Personnel Board said, but officials behind the promotions knew that she lacked minimum qualifications for the job. A summary (embedded below and available for download here) explains in detail why Endsley wasn’t qualified and how management invoked the name of Monica Rea, the No. 2 administrator at Fair Employment and Housing, when an argument over one of Endsley’s two promotions erupted in the department’s human resources shop.

An account of that internal debate and its subsequent effect on Endsley’s second promotion begins on page 17:

SPB Board Resolution re: DFEH and Angelina Endsley by jon_ortiz

From the notebook posts give State Worker blog users more details, notes, quotes and documents that underpin state government employment news stories that appear in The Bee.

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