Hundreds of San Francisco employees acknowledge unauthorized jobs after scandal: report

San Francisco employees are required to seek approval for second jobs

Hundreds of San Francisco Health Department employees have reportedly been working a second job in violation of city policy.

At least 300 individuals working for the city’s Department of Health have filed for approval for a second job since Oct. 21 after the city’s Jail Health Services director resigned from an unauthorized second job, San Francisco Standard reported.

The outlet reported that the surge in second job approvals came after the city reminded employees of their policy requiring city approval for second jobs.

Out of 304 pending applications, 44 need additional paperwork and 260 are under review, the outlet reported.

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Ina Coolbrith Park in San Francisco.

Ina Coolbrith Park in San Francisco. (iStock)

"In other words, those 300 were violating the law, never asked for permission and are now asking for forgiveness?" Supervisor Aaron Peskin said. "Well, s---, somebody call the police." 

The influx of applications followed a San Francisco Standard report that Jail Health Services director Lisa Pratt was working a 20-hour a week job for a nonprofit organization at the same time she was running the city’s jail healthcare system, which required her to be on call 24/7.

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An aerial view of the city of San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge.

An aerial view of the city of San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

The outlet obtained emails of Pratt responding to nonprofit emails during business hours and reported that she earned a salary of $123,000 annually at the nonprofit on top of her $428,750 job with the city.

Pratt resigned from the nonprofit, Baker Places and Positive Resource Center, on Oct. 21.

San Francisco's City Hall.

San Francisco's City Hall. (Istock)

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"The department is confident that this new process will ensure greater compliance and reduce confusion among employees about their responsibilities when seeking additional employment," the San Francisco Health Department said in a statement to the outlet.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, the San Francisco Health Department said that post-pandemic medical staffing shortages are a reality for health systems across the U.S. and that the department is trying to recruit from a shrinking applicant pool in a competitive labor market.

"It is much more common in health care than in other industries to work shifts at multiple hospital clinics. SFDPH expects it would lose clinical staff if second employment was not an option, particularly for specialized and high demand skills," the statement said.

The department says it is implementing new processes to ensure employees are aware that they can have a second job as long as it is approved first.  

"The department is confident that this new process will ensure greater compliance and reduce confusion among employees about their responsibilities when seeking additional employment."