CA State Senate Approves Bill Giving "Familial Status" Protection From Discrimination

Yesterday, the California state Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal for employers to deny promotions or raises to employees who miss time from work due to obligations with children, sick spouses, and aging parents. The bill (SB 836 sponsored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica)) passed by a 25-14 vote along party lines and will now go onto the Assembly. If the bill passes the Assembly and is signed into law, it would be the first law of its type in the nation to make “familial status” a protected category under the law.
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