A California man has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). He claims the CDCR rejected him twice after he admitted that he previously used a Social Security number that wasn’t his.
Recordnet.com reports that Victor Guerrero filed the complaint Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, saying he has passed the department’s written and physical examinations to become a correctional officer but was turned down twice for having worked under a false Social Security number as a teen.
Guerrero reportedly answered “yes” on the questionnaire when asked whether he “had or used a social security number other than the one you used on this questionnaire.”
He explained that he was given the Social Security number as a teenager so he could start working in 1995. He didn’t know he was undocumented and that the number was not his own until 1997. He continued to use the Social Security number to find work, but paid taxes from 1997 to 2007 with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, according to The Sacramento Bee.
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He was reportedly given a government-issued Social Security number when he became a legal permanent resident in 2007. Guerrero became a U.S. citizen in 2010.
The Corrections Department reportedly stated that because he used false identification, Guerrero lacked honesty, integrity and good judgment, according to the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, the San Francisco-based advocacy group assisting Guerrero with his complaint.
The Sacramento Bee also reports that Guerrero wants the court to award him unspecified pain, suffering and punitive damages, with interest and adjusted for inflation and to restore his eligibility to become a correctional officer. He also asked the court to ban the state from disqualifying job applicants who have used a Social Security number other than their own.