Workers at L.A. County Medical Facilities Did Not Disclose Criminal History
Los Angeles County officials are drawing criticism after county CEO William Fujioka revealed that managers did not take action against employees at county health care facilities whom managers knew had not disclosed criminal records, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Applicants for county jobs are required to disclose their criminal records and are subject to termination if they are found to have withheld that information.
Fujioka said that some offenses were serious enough that they could merit disciplinary action, including termination.
The issue follows the disclosure in the Times that county officials had not tracked employees with disciplinary records who had worked at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Medical Center after the facility shuttered its inpatient services last year.
On Monday, Fujioka said that employees' previously undisclosed criminal records came to light last year after all 1,600 employees at King-Harbor were asked to submit fingerprints. The California Department of Justice found the criminal histories, but Fujioka said that the county human resources department did not take proper action against the employees.
Fujioka said more information could be announced today after he meets with county attorneys (Therolf, Los Angeles Times, 7/15).