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Contact: Pat McConahay, Communications Director
Disability Rights California
(916) 504-5938


Governor Brown signs bill sponsored by Disability Rights California to protect workers with disabilities from discrimination


(Sacramento, CA – September 28, 2016) Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by Disability Rights California (DRC) to protect people with disabilities from discrimination on the job. AB 488 expands state protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include individuals employed under a sheltered workshop or rehabilitation facility. Currently those employees are excluded from the same basic protections as everyone else such as discrimination and harassment based on protected statuses like race, religion and color.

“People who are employed in a sheltered workshop should be treated the same as individuals working in any other setting,” said Evelyn Abouhassan, DRC senior legislative advocate. “Extending these protections is the only fair thing to do.”

AB 488, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), becomes law January 1, 2017. It will allow sheltered workshop employees to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, if they believe they’ve been discriminated against.


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