California Removes “Alien” From Labor Laws

According to Associated Press, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that removes the term “alien” from California labor code to describe foreign-born workers. Photo of newspaper

The law, SB432, was authored by Democratic state Sen. Tony Mendoza and will go into effect next year. Those who supported the bill said that removing “alien” is an important step in modernizing California labor laws, as several groups now consider the term derogatory.

“The United States is a country of immigrants who not only form an integral part of our culture and society, but are also critical contributors to our economic success,” Mendoza said about the change, according to Fox News Latino. Many people say the term dehumanized these immigrants.

The term had been used in state laws since 1937. It should be noted that the federal government still uses the term “alien” when referring to undocumented immigrants in certain legal documents.

What is National Origin Discrimination?

We are glad that changes are being made to California labor laws that are making them more welcoming. If you believe you have been subjected to national origin discrimination during the employment process, speak to our attorneys about seeking relief under state and federal laws.

It is illegal for an employer to treat an applicant unfavorably because a person comes from a particular national background. This includes when decisions are made during the hiring, promotion or firing process. Whether you are Mexican, Ukrainian, Filipino, Arab, American Indian or any other nationality, you are entitled to the same employment opportunities as everyone else.

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