California Senate Passes Gender Discrimination Bill

The California state Senate passed the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) in a vote of 25-13 on August 30, 2011, sending the bill to the Governor’s Office. The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reported that the California state Assembly voted 54-24 on May 16 to approve the bill.

The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Equality California, Transgender Law Center and Gay-Straight Alliance Network, “seeks to strengthen employment, housing, and other civil rights protections for all Californians, particularly those who face discrimination based on gender identity and expression,” SDGLN reported.

The bill “explicitly enumerates gender identity and expression as protected categories in a number of state codes to provide clarity to those who are victims of unlawful discrimination as well as for business owners, employers and other entities required to comply with the anti-discrimination protections,” according to SDGLN.

While California has laws protecting residents from discrimination, it remains an unfortunate truth that many Californians who experience discrimination do not file complaints because they are unaware of such non-discrimination laws. If you believe that you have experienced age, racial or any other form of discrimination, you can either call our law firm or fill out a California Discrimination Questionnaire.

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