Assembly Bill 1999 by Assemblywoman Brownley would help prevent the unfair workplace discrimination that family caregivers increasingly face by adding family caregiver status to the list of protected categories under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
AB 1999 would prohibit Californians from being artificially penalized at work because of family responsibilities. The bill does not give workers additional rights to family leave or other time off. It does not give workers any special protections. It simply requires employers to treat workers with caregiving responsibilities the same way they treat employees without them.
AB 1999 reflects the widespread belief that workers who are doing what any responsible family member is expected to do should be treated the same as their co-workers without family caregiving responsibilities. Similar state and local caregiver discrimination laws have already been enacted in over 22 states throughout the U.S. It’s now time for California to act.
AB 1999 is a modest step towards establishing a baseline of fairness that could have a profound effect on many Californian families.