California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2386 into law before the year ended. Because of certain loopholes in the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, claims of discrimination with regards to breastfeeding have been rejected by the courts. This amendment eliminates that. This particular law is an amendment to the statutory definition of “sex” under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). What this bill basically does is that it prevents breast-feeding discrimination in the workplace. Although there are existing laws that aim to provide accommodation for women that are required to breastfeed, this new law gives additional options for women that have encountered breastfeeding discrimination.
Religious dress and grooming practices
Gov. Brown also signed AB 1964 into law. Under this particular amendment, employers are required to reasonably accommodate an employee’s appearance in the workplace. With this law in place, the “religious dress and grooming practices” of an employee is protected from discrimination. Articles of religious dress and grooming are properly stipulated in this law (e.g. turbans, yarmulkes, and hijabs) as well as jewelry and artifacts (e.g. crosses, Star of David), and anything else that are a part of one individual’s observance of his or her religious beliefs.
These new laws foster a good working environment by clarifying important points in existing anti-discrimination laws. After being implemented for 6 months now, these laws have given an avenue for pregnant women or employees from all religious groups where they can air their grievances over the selective treatment they have been receiving in workplaces. Through the implementation of such laws, more and more people will be saved from the undue pain and suffering.
Given these new laws, you have a better chance of winning those employment and labor complaints that you are filing. All that you have to do is hire a reputable Los Angeles lawyer to help you with the case you are filing. These lawyers will provide you with the best representation possible to ensure that you will get justice for the wrongdoing done against you.