The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 9, 2009
From the notebook: Letters supporting a change to the Unruh Act

Blog posts from the notebook give you insights, notes and quotes that inform the news stories that we write.

Our news story in today's Bee notes that lawmakers are taking up a bipartisan bill that would change the Unruh Civil Rights Act to protect businesses from discrimination lawsuits when they offer furloughed employee discounts.

Apparently, a Southern California lawyer has threatened lawsuits against some businesses for "Furlough Friday" deals for state workers and cited the Unruh Act as the basis.

Here are a couple of letters that support the bill. As of this writing Wednesday night, no one has voiced opposition.

Letter from the California Chamber of Commerce

Letter from the Consumer Attorneys of California

The bill is on the Assembly Judiciary Committee's consent calendar for today.

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