Calif. Religion Bias Law May Mean More Discrimination Suits

Law360, San Diego (September 10, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a California bill that raises the bar for an employer to show it can’t accommodate a worker’s religious dress, grooming or other needs, a move that continues to expand employees’ rights in the state and is likely to encourage more litigation over religious discrimination, attorneys said Monday.

A.B. 1964, approved by the governor Saturday and set to take effect Jan. 1, specifies that religious clothing and hairstyles are protected religious observances under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and...
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