A state legislative report has revealed a long-secret policy that allows California’s governor to veto employment discrimination cases against public agencies without explanation or disclosure.
The report by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes says the policy constitutes unequal treatment for public employees, creates a potential for abuse and compromises the independence of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
The Los Angeles Times said Wednesday that the policy was adopted during the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and continues under Gov. Jerry Brown.
The report says taken to its extreme, it allows a governor, in effect, to exempt public agencies from the state’s anti-discrimination law.
A spokesperson for the governor called the report’s findings deeply flawed.
It’s unclear how many claims were denied by Schwarzenegger and Brown.