DEAR WEHO: Block by Block hiring process isn’t lacking, Shea Gibson is valued

My name is Derreck Hughes and I’m the Vice President of Operations for Block by Block.  I had a chance to read the story that posted on WEHOville and would like to provide the following statement.   

Block by Block is in compliance with the City of West Hollywood’s procurement and vendor policies in that we conduct employment prescreening, including criminal background checks, on all job applicants after an applicant has been made a conditional offer of employment.  In California, employment screening laws state that employers cannot ask about, or take into consideration, criminal convictions older than seven years.  Based on the guidance of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, if a background check reveals a criminal conviction, Block by Block considers the nature and gravity of the offense; the time that has passed since the offense, or the employee’s completion of any sentence given as a result of the offense; and the nature of the job held or sought.

Mr. Gibson is an excellent and valued member of the Block by Block team.  Since joining the company as a Hospitality Ambassador in Santa Monica in 2013 he has received multiple promotions and continues to serve as Block by Block’s Operations Manager in West Hollywood, which is a position he’s held since 2019.  

Respectfully,

Derreck Hughes

Vice President of Operations

Block by Block

C:502-592-3263

www.blockbyblock.com

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Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
1 month ago

Block by block needs the first non binary, trans, disabled, person of color (or colored person bc what’s the difference?), to patrol the neighborhood. If they are Iranian, even better. Hired!!!!

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
1 month ago

Remember when being liberal was cool? Now it’s all a bunch of old/young ass hats telling you exactly how to live versus letting a human be free. Liberals are the most sufferable Karen’s and they don’t even know it. And the security ambassadors are a direct product of indoctrination.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
1 month ago

While I understand people’s concerns, Block by Block is limited by California law and Shea Gibson has been operations manager since 2019, apparently to his employer’s satisfaction. Unless the City does an inquiry to establish if there was some defect in Block by Blocks’ hiring process, Block by Block may be exposed to a wrongful termination suit if they simply fire Mr. Gibson. Rather than playing to our fears, perhaps we might look at this situation as a case of successful rehabilitation as it does not seem to me that the City has a lot of legal options. But I… Read more »

kab1200
kab1200
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

I agree. Seems people don’t want to know the details of why this man was in prison for murder, but rather, just hearing that, he is finished, for the rest of his life. If this info had never come out, would they have even cared? No. False outrage.

resident
resident
1 month ago

Sorry, Derreck. We have no reason to trust what you are saying, and every reason to distrust this corrupt process.

Replacing qualified and trained police officers with ex-cons is insane!!!

JF1
JF1
1 month ago
Reply to  resident

Sure is.

kab1200
kab1200
1 month ago
Reply to  resident

He’s been there since 2019, and even longer in Santa Monica. Where was your outrage then??? Absurd.

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