NELP Criminal Records Bulletin December 2012

The Greenlining Institute (Greenlining) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), one of California’s biggest utility companies, reached an agreement this December to implement a fairer background check policy for energy efficiency contractors. Concerned about PG&E’s proposed policy, which may have excluded qualified jobseekers and discriminated against Latino and African American applicants, Greenlining filed a petition with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking review and a stay of PG&E’s proposed policy. Working with Greenlining, PG&E agreed not to screen for misdemeanor drug convictions and agreed to institute an appeals process. Greenlining will also work with California’s other investor-owned utilities on this issue: Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Contact Noemí O. Gallardo at for information.