The California Office of Administrative Law approved new regulations expanding protections for transgender workers under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Among other protected classifications, the FEHA prohibits workplace discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. Primary takeaways of the new regulations include:
On July 17, 2017, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) heard public comments on its proposed regulations covering national origin discrimination under the FEHA. Per the FEHC’s notice of the meeting, “The overall objective of the proposed amendments is to describe how the FEHA applies to the protected class of national origin in the employment context, primarily by centralizing and codifying existing law, clarifying terms, and making technical corrections.”
Public comments at the hearing revolved around (1) language restrictions (“English only” rules), (2) employer requirements for English language proficiency, (3) discovery as to an individual’s immigration status during the liability phase of any lawsuit or other proceeding to enforce the FEHA’s prohibition of national origin discrimination, and (4) expanding the definition of what constitutes harassment on the basis of national origin. The only public comments received at the hearing were from pro-employee individuals and groups. The comment period for the proposed regulations closed at 5 p.m. on July 17th.
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