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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 13, 2011
Board releases ruling in CalPERS sexual harassment case

jelencic.jpgA week after upholding a sexual harassment reprimand that CalPERS issued to one of its board members, the State Personnel Board has released the ruling issued by the administrative law judge who agreed with the fund's action.

Joseph John Jelincic Jr. had appealed CalPERS' action against him, which led to a July hearing and Judge Teri L. Block's subsequent decision that Jelincic's challenge was without merit. (Click here for more background on the case.)

SPB wouldn't release Block's ruling until its five-member board could take it up at its Sept. 6 meeting and then deliver it to CalPERS and Jelincic.

Reached by phone this afternoon, Jelincic said that he had reviewed the judge's ruling: "Clearly, the administrative law judge bought all the state's arguments and rejected all of mine."

CalPERS said after the SPB upheld the reprimand that it "has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind. We are committed to ensuring that our employees have a work environment that is professional, safe, and free from harassment."

CalPERS Board of Administration has scheduled a special session on Wednesday to reprimand one of its members. The agenda item doesn't disclose who or what prompted the action. Fund spokesman Brad Pacheco said this morning that he didn't know who would be reprimanded.

Given the latest developments in the Jelincic matter, it's hard to imagine that it's anyone else.

Here's the judge's redacted ruling. The Bee isn't naming the women involved because of the nature of the case:
Jelincic SPB Decision

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