With unemployment rates among the city’s Latino population more than twice the city’s average, La Mega 1310’s job fair at Esperanza College — complete with recruiters that had actual openings — came right on time.
But for those Latinos, males and females, who have criminal records, the prospect of employment always seems shakier.
PCHR was on hand to insist that it doesn’t have to be, that the “Ban the Box” law is intended to help them get an even shot at competing for work.
It’s why the agency partnered with La Mega to help deliver this important message — and job fair attendees flocked to the PCHR table to listen to Monica Gonzalez and Naarah Crawley tell them more, about the law, how to use it and what to do if things don’t go according to plan.
There were as many women as men stopping by the table, of all ages, securing information for themselves and loved ones.
“We keep putting out information and setting out the brochures, and people are picking them up,” Gonzalez said. “They definitely want to know more.”