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New protections for some California transgender employees

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by Hera S. Arsen, Ph.D.

On Oct. 7, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 703 (SB 703), protecting transgender employees whose employers engage in business with state agencies.

Specifically, the bill expands on the state’s existing discrimination laws by prohibiting “a state agency from entering into contracts for the acquisition of goods or services of $100,000 or more with a contractor that discriminates between employees on the basis of gender identity in the provision of benefits.”

The new law will apply only to those portions of a contractor’s operations that occur within the state of California, on property outside California that is owned by the state or that the state has a right to occupy, and if the contractor’s presence at that location is connected to a contract with the state, elsewhere in the United States where work related to a California contract is being performed.

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