State Laws and Legislation

California Non-Discrimination Law

Gender identity protected? Yes

California law explicitly prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, appearance and behavior in the areas of employment (public and private), housing, and public accommodations. Furthermore, California law permits employees to dress consistently with their gender identity. Cal Gov Code § 12926 and §12949 (2003); see also AB 14, Civil Rights Act of 2007.

Sexual orientation protected? Yes

California law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in the areas of employment (public and private), housing, and public accommodations. Cal Gov Code § 12920 (2001); Cal Civ Code § 51 (2001); see also AB 14, Civil Rights Act of 2007.

Updated: Mon, July 07, 2008 - 11:00:00