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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  SB 836
          Author:   Kuehl (D)
          Amended:  4/12/07
          Vote:     21

           SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE  :  4-1, 4/24/07
          AYES:  Corbett, Harman, Kuehl, Steinberg
          NOES:  Ackerman

          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           SUBJECT  :    Fair employment:  familial status

           SOURCE  :     Legal Aid Society  Employment Law Center
                      Equal Rights Advocates
                      State of California Commission on the Status of  

           DIGEST  :    This bill adds familial status to the list of  
          characteristic (i.e., race, religious creed, color,  
          national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental  
          disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or  
          sexual orientation) that are prohibited bases of  
          discrimination under the employment provisions of the Fair  
          Employment and Housing Act.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law, the Fair Employment and Housing  
          Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination in housing and  
          employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color,  
          national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental  


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          disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or  
          sexual orientation.  [Government Code Sec. 12920 et seq.  
          All references are to the Government Code unless otherwise  

          This bill adds "familial status" to the list of  
          characteristics on which basis a person may not be  
          discriminated against in employment.

          This bill defines "familial status" in this context to  
          include "being an individual who is or who will be caring  
          for or supporting a family member."

          This bill defines "caring for or supporting" a family  
          member as providing supervision or transportation;  
          providing psychological or emotional comfort and support;  
          addressing medical, educational, nutritional, hygienic or  
          safety needs; or attending to an illness, injury or mental  
          or physical disability.

          This bill defines "family member" as a child, a parent, a  
          spouse, a domestic partner, a parent-in-law, a sibling, a  
          grandparent or a grandchild, as defined in various  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/15/07)

          9to5 Bay Area
          Amalgamated Transit Union
          American Federation of State, County and Municipal  
          AFSME Retirees, Chapter 36
          American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
          Association of California Caregiver Resource Centers
          Berkeley Federation of Teachers
          California Alliance for Retired Americans
          California Association of Community Organizers for Reform  
          Now (ACORN)
          California Coalition for Caregivers
          California Conference of Machinists


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          California Federation of Teachers
          California Labor Federation
          California Nurses Association
          California School Employees Association
          California State Employees Association
          California Teachers Association (CTA)
          California Teamsters
          California Women's Law Center
          Central Labor Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO
          Commission on the Status of Women, State of California  
          Communications Workers of America (CWA)
          CWA, Local Union 9410
          Engineers and Scientists of California, IFPTE Local 20
          Equal Rights Advocates (co-sponsor)
          Family Caregiver Alliance
          Golden Gate University, School of Law - Women's Employment  
          Rights Clinic
          Honoring Emancipated Youth
          International Association of Machinists & Aerospace  
          Workers, ATE Lodge 1781
          International Federation of Professional and Technical  
          Engineers, Local 21
          Labor Project for Working Families
          Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (co-sponsor)
          Mothers & More
          North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO
          Office & Professional Employees International Union, Local  
          Office & Professional Employees International Union, Local  
          Parent Voices
          San Mateo County Central Labor Council
          Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California  
          State Council
          SEIU Local 1000
          SEIU Local 1021
          SEIU Local 1877
          Strategic Committee of Public Employees, Laborers'  
          International Union of North America
          Transgender Law Center
          UNITE HERE!
          United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Western States  


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          Warehouse Union Local 6, ILWU

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    The author's office states,  
          although discrimination based on "familial status" is  
          explicitly prohibited under the housing provisions of the  
          FEHA, the same is not true under the employment provisions.  
           Presently, the FEHA does not adequately and explicitly  
          protect California workers from being discriminated against  
          at work based on their familial status.  Yet research shows  
          that employees are regularly discriminated against because  
          of "familial status."

          RJB:do 5/15/07   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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