Job Killer Bill Creating Additional Protected Class to Face Senate Committee
A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill that
would create an additional protected class under the Fair Employment and
Housing Act (FEHA) will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on
SB 404 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) would expand the FEHA to include a “familial status” protected classification. This bill is similar to AB 1999 (Brownley; D-Santa Monica) from 2012, which was held on the Senate Appropriations Suspense File.
SB 404 proposes to include “familial status” as a protected classification under the FEHA to prevent discrimination on such basis. The term “familial status” is broadly defined as:
- Any individual who provides “medical or supervisory care” to a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, in-law, sibling, grandparent or grandchild;
- Any employee who is “perceived” as someone who provides medical or supervisory care to a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, in-law, sibling, grandparent or grandchild; or
- Any person who is “associated” with a person who provides medical or supervisory care to a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, in-law, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.
The term “medical” care is undefined. The term “supervisory” care is also ambiguous and would expand this proposed classification to employees who are not actually providing any care to a covered family member, but rather “supervising” the care the family member receives.
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