Class Calls California Hiring Policy Illegal

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The California Department of Social Services illegally refuses to hire people who have an arrest, but no conviction, on their records, a class action claims in Alameda County Court.
     The class claims that the California Department of Justice, also a defendant, imposes the same illegal and unconstitutional policy.
     Lead plaintiff Laurence Roe claims the policy denies people the right to work in "more than 75,000 community care facilities in California."
     He claims the Department of Social Services instituted the new policy last week.
     He seeks class certification and an injunction.
     Lead counsel is Peter Sheehan with The Social Justice Law Project, of Oakland.