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Discrimination; Civil Rights Act of 2007.

AB 14, c. 568

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AB 14, c. 568: Discrimination; Civil Rights Act of 2007. Cross-references protected classes in 51 anti-discrimination provisions located in 12 state codes to the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Civil Code 51) or to Government Code 11135 [which prohibits discrimination in state-funded programs and activities based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, sex (including gender identity), marital status, and sexual orientation,], whichever is appropriate. Makes consistent these anti-discrimination statutes spread across various state codes. In doing so, expands the protected classes in some statutes to encompass those recently added to the Unruh Civil Rights Act or to Government Code 11135.

This bill was sponsored by Equality California and the California State Conference of the NAACP, and supported by numerous organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League, the California Teachers Association, the Sacramento Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission, and Protecton and Advocacy, Inc., just to name a few.

According to the author, "In order to remedy the lack of protection for many Californians and the confusion that exists for implementation and compliance, this bill will reference the list of protected classes in the Unruh Act to the 31 business establishment/public accommodation laws and reference the list of protected classes in the Government Code section 11135 to the government benefit/service statutes. This will result in a more consistent legal standard. Another advantage for doing this is that whenever additional protected classes are added to the Unruh Act or Government Code section 11135, these other nondiscrimination laws will be updated automatically."

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