Ogletree Deakins California eAuthority reported on September 10, 2012 that California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1964, which expands the definition of “religious creed” to include religious dress and grooming practices as part of an individual’s religious observance or belief. The eAuthority says that under AB 1964, “Employers are required to reasonably accommodate the religious belief or observance of an individual unless the acommodation would be an undue hardship on the conduct of business of the employer,” and that ”an accommodation that would require the individual to be segregated from the public or other employees would not be considered reasonable.”
Also passed by the California Legislature and awaiting signature by Governor Brown is A.B. 2386, which expands the protection from discrimination based on sex to include breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding.
The September 10 eAuthority article can be accessed here.