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CA: How to Seek a Job with a Conviction History: A Fair Chance Hiring Webinar on Dec. 3


How to Seek a Job with a Conviction History:
A Fair Chance Hiring Webinar (online)

Thursday, December 3 • 5:00 to 6:30 pm (PST)


Please join us for a step-by-step training in how to take advantage of the Fair Chance Act, which restricts employers from denying jobs on the basis of job applicants’ conviction histories.


Tawney Jeffries
Directly impacted job seeker who successfully got a job under the Fair Chance Act
Nicole James
Westcare Navigator and directly impacted job seeker
Felicia Espinosa
Root & Rebound, Fresno Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney

Stacy Villalobos
Legal Aid at Work, Staff Attorney

Katie Dixon
Legal Aid at Work, Fair Chance Community Organizer and All of Us or None member
We will review the Act’s three components:

  • Ban the Box: prohibits many employers from asking about arrests or convictions until they make a conditional job offer
  • Interactive Process: requires employers to engage in an interactive process with the job applicant to determine if reports of convictions are accurate and, if so, directly related to the job so as to justify revoking a job offer—despite applicant evidence of rehabilitation and mitigating circumstances.
  • Off Limits Information: limits the types of convictions an employer can consider at any point in the hiring process.

You will receive a written toolkit with advice about how to navigate all three parts of this law, and you will participate in role play activities to practice those skills during the seminar. You will also receive referrals to legal agencies that can assist you in the process—to prepare for the interactive process or file a complaint to enforce the law’s requirements—and you will have a chance to ask questions of our panelists: directly impacted people who have gone through the process and experienced attorneys and advocates who have helped convicted people obtain jobs.

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

See you there!

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Upon release….scrounge around for food money and clothing and housing for a minimum of several years. After the seven years a slave to the system your luck of landing a job/career DOES increase….unless during the background check the company performing the inquiry also finds your name on the Registry in which case in about 1 to 2 weeks you’ll be swiftly F’d in the A and walked out is said employers place of business. God Bless America…….Bless it Reeeeal hard.

These job fairs are B.S. as it pertains to registrants. When I was 1st on probation I went to an organization that “guaranteed” to find jobs for everyone within 30 days. Went through their orientation, then had an interview with a counselor. She asked me all the usual questions, even if I had a felony record. I said,” No, just one misdemeanor “. She remarked that that wouldn’t even show up. I then tossed the grenade on her desk and said,” It’s for a sex offense”. You could literally see her recoil from me! She had zero (0) response. After fumbling for a few seconds with her inner conflict, she stumbled through a polite response that could be summed up as, “ I don’t think we can help you, now get the fuck away from me”.
Then there was the Amazon job fair. The “We hire sex offenders” is not exactly true. A Masters in Physical Therapy, a veteran, fluent in three languages, and the only person at the job fair that didn’t smell like marijuana. They even offered me a higher position and pay than the spot I was applying for. But then the background check, and the expected,” Due to your conviction for a sex offense, Amazon is rescinding their job offer”.
So in closing, unless you like being beat by a baseball bat repeatedly, don’t bother with these things. They are doing it because they have to , not because they actually want to help you. Go do your own thing. I did contract work for a while delivering auto parts. No BGCs because you aren’t an employee.
Then when I had a cushion, I started advertising on C.L. and some trade publications on line. Posted my resume, and started getting clients. Now I make about 1/2 of my old salary, but is still enough to live on ( even in Bay Area) and save for my eventual departure from the U.S. of Asses. Europe recognizes my talents, appreciates them, and has no issues with employing me.

Great share. Thank you. Which European country do you have your eye on?

My heart goes out to anyone paroled in the last 20 years. I paroled 27 years ago and it was a cake walk compared to what I read about now. There was no public registry. My annual was a breeze with a civilian who I enjoyed chatting with once a year. I built a career and when the Megan’s Law web site went live and I got canned I was able to build a successful business from side jobs I’d accumulated.
To anyone struggling to find/keep gainful employment, do what you can to build a business. While the Internet makes anonymity harder than ever, it has created endless opportunities for self-employment. You can even incorporate in a way that hides you identity from your clientele, staff, suppliers, etc.
As a disabled veteran I get rather angry at the government I served for 8 years, but I try to channel that resentment into getting the sweetest revenge of all: living well.

Sounds like another person tryin cash in on hopeless sex offenders.
It doesn’t matter once the owner of the company finds out your on IML your fired no employer is gonna risk there companie and evething they built for some random sex offender basically their a liability if something was to happen wile at work the owner is most likely gonna be held accountable for what happened and he’ll probably be sued.
Or if a vindictive coworker finds out ur on the registery and makes up a false claim about you the owner could also be sued and the list goes on and on.
The only advice I can give any sexofender just dont give up1 out of 10 sex offenders will find a decent job you could be that 1 .
The outher 9 will become homeless or turn to a life of crime and ended up right where the system was designed to put them back in prison/free labor/sexoffender death camps $$$$$$$$$$$$

Good luck

@ Aero1
While your facts are not actually true in respect to the homelessness, turning to crime, and employment , I do feel your frustration. Those that don’t put in the effort will of course be subject to the harsh reality of the registry. But my point was to go it alone. I am sure their are employers that will in fact employ a registrant. You need to get your foot in the door 1st. My comment was directed at the course of action to be taken.

It’s bunk. Don’t need to ask. Only takes a name into an online search engine to get results. Don’t need a background check when the internet does it for you. If they do hire you, then it’s not long until someone there gets nosy and blasts their search results thus creating problems.

I strongly advise against attending any job “fair.” However, if you’re desperate and want a menial, dead end job that could vanish as quick as it started, then go for it.

The “idle hands” devil’s playground nonsense is just that – a myth to prop up the “if they’re employed, recidivism goes down” assertion they love to tout. As for those that are fortunate enough to be mostly under-employed, good luck holding onto your.. “job.”

Employment while on the list only serves to bolster the registry idiots’ claim that “it’s working as intended.” It also helps their outrageous argument that the registry is not punishment.

I’m only surprised that they don’t charge.

CA does have fair chance hiring and 290 status cannot be used for employment. I’ve been turned down too and have fought it. It’s tough, but we can do it.

Janice, I hope the next order of business is to hold CA accountable to their own laws. Especially when it comes to fair chance, 1204.3, and 290.46(l)(2)(E)

1203.4 contractually has three benefits that is afforded to all who qualify and earned it:

… 1) permitted by the court to withdraw his or her plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty; or, if he or she has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, the court shall set aside the verdict of guilty;
… 2) and, in either case, the court shall thereupon dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant
… 3) and except as noted below, he or she shall thereafter be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense of which he or she has been convicted, except as provided in Section 13555 of the Vehicle Code.

The #2 benefit should have a great focus for ACSOL as this immunity is not recognized by PC 290 as that dismissed accusation or information is still being utilized and propagated within the Registry system. If your information does not exist, they why does it exist in PC 290 statutory scheme? Both cannot exist simultaneously. There should be an equal protection law to be used here (Article 1, Section 7b of CA Constitution) as well as violating another law of impairing an established contract (Article 1, Section 9 of CA Constitution).

… Sec 7b link:
… Sec 9 link:

And since this is a private information issue, it is easy to transitively direct that this is a privacy issue, which is a protected constitutional right in California’s constitution.

… Right to privacy link:

This pathway of re-emphasizing the privacy immunity provided within 1203.4 is its own entity that is separate from being relieved from punishment (#3 immunity of 1203.4) has never been addressed. And the fact there is an identifiable “right to privacy” within the CA Constitution makes the privacy immunity within 1203.4 carry far more weight. Today, only California residents can deny internet companies from using their private information, but the registry is proliferating court ordered dismissed private information.

Please note that there is nothing within 1203.4 that states one cannot de-register, but there are exceptions on sex crimes that cannot qualify for 1203.4. This is important because it is another law, PC 290.007, that negates an obligation of the 1203.4 contract, which by CA Constitutional law, cannot be passed.

Essentially, I want the state of California to uphold the rule of law set forth and identify PC 290.007 as a constitutional violation as per Art. 1, Sec 9 of law impairing the obligations of contract cannot be passed as equal immunity, Art. 1, Sec 7b, is not being being applied to all who qualify for 1203.4. If you earned 1203.4, then you automatically are removed from the registry.

If there are any legal researchers out there, then look into how PC 290.007 was passed and find one of the reasons for pushing PC 290.007 was that 1203.4 made it too easy to get off the registry. This means the law makers wanted to make it more difficult to de-register. If you can find that or those quotes, then you have proof of retribution as there is no scientific reason to delay justice since there was no research work on the rate of recidivism after earning relief from PC 290 since the passing of Kelly v Municipal, 1958 to the passing of PC 290.007, nor has there been any revisiting of recidivism rates after the passing of PC 290.007 to those who have qualified for 1203.4 to denote a difference, if any.

By allowing registrants who qualify for 1203.4 to de-register after earning 1203.4 exponentially improves job opportunities as well as can transition from job opportunities to career opportunities.

Delayed justice is justice denied.

It still baffles me that a misdemeanor cannot qualify for a 1203.4. The law should be based on the severity of offense , not the offense itself. This law by emotion is complete B.S. It like saying all Toyotas will pay the same amount for insurance, BECAUSE they are Toyotas, regardless of model or year.


Why cannot a person charged with a misdemeanor not be eligible for 1203.4? (There are some exceptions, which is listed within 1203.4.)

… Link to CR-180, case dismissal pdf form:

It appears that there are a couple of options if you were charged with a misdemeanor: a misdemeanor with probation or a misdemeanor with a sentence other than probation. There is one other option if you can prove you were a sex traffic victim charged with a misdemeanor.

If you have a misdemeanor and probation, then you can apply for 1203.4 after you successfully complete probation, pay off your fines, and any other items to fulfill 1203.4 requirements.

If you have a misdemeanor with a sentence other than probation, then you have to wait at least a year after judgement to petition with 1203.4, provided you’re not currently serving a sentence for another offense or charged of any other crime.

Of course, your conviction must first be eligible for 1203.4 to earn 1203.4 immunities. I hope that helps.

Please, don’t try and tell me what I am and am not eligible for. I am very well versed in my situation. Your last sentence basically rebuts the rest of your statement . Which is circles right back to what I stated. Level of Conviction of offense, not the offense itself. Manslaughter can be cleaned off a record, but murder can not.


You gave a general statement and I responded with the general answer. If your specific situation is one that doesn’t apply due to the exception, then that is a totally different situation that you need to address specifically if you want someone to respond specifically to your plight.

Guess no good deed goes unpunished. heh Enjoy your Thanksgiving, ADAT.

@ New Person

No, you tried to seem like you knew what you were talking about, and I called you on it. And it was addressing a problem, not My problem.

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