SACRAMENTO -- A California civil rights group electronically delivered more than 5,500 petition signatures to Governor Jerry Brown today in support of a bill aimed at ending hiring discrimination.
"Color of Change" has joined those asking the governor to sign legislation banning state agencies from asking job seekers to disclose criminal convictions on their initial job applications.
"The purpose of the bill is to give those who have some criminal background at least a chance to get their foot in the door to be considered on their merits," Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson said.
Dickinson authored the bill in an effort to make it harder for employers to discriminate against people who've spent time in jail.
"Because we know that having a job is the best deterrent to committing a new offense," Dickinson said.
Dickinson points out that the bill doesn't prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions later in the hiring process.