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Family-Status Bias Bill Passes Calif. Senate

Posted Jun 1, 2007 2:14 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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“Familial status” would be protected from discrimination under a measure passed yesterday by the California Senate.

The proposed law would bar employers from discriminating against workers who care for children, sick spouses or aging parents.

The bill is one of the first in the country, the Los Angeles Times reports. Alaska and some cities, including Chicago and Atlanta, have similar bias bans.

The California Chamber of Commerce opposes the measure.

Chamber lobbyist Marti Fisher opposed the bill in written Senate testimony. It “appears to open the door to new mandates on employers to provide modified schedules or leave to accommodate baby-sitting or driving children to soccer practice," she wrote.

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