Latin Times: Senator Gonzalez Introduces Legislation to Level the Field for Qualified Applicants

February 27, 2020

California Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) was joined by several community organizations and social justice advocates at Centro CHA in Long Beach as she announced the introduction of Senate Bill (SB) 1241, the Talent Equity for Competitive Hiring Act. 

Building on the goals articulated in ACR 125, introduced by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Senator Gonzalez, the TECH Act creates clear standards for employers who want to innovate in hiring by using new technological assessment tools to reduce bias and improve workplace diversity. The legislation is co-authored by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson).

"California has a growing opportunity gap that leaves many families and communities in our state behind," said Senator Gonzalez. "Hiring discrimination plays a significant role in our current inequality. The TECH Act will help ensure access to jobs that offer competitive wages and upward mobility for all our residents." (Read Full Text)