The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 2, 2009
Governor OKs bill protecting furloughed worker discounts from lawsuits

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed AB 376, the bipartisan legislation aimed at clarifying that the Unruh Civil Rights Act doesn't apply to businesses offering discounts to furloughed workers.

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the measure was stalled, the victim of partisan wrangling that hindered nearly two dozen so-called "urgency" measures that required a two-thirds vote in the Senate to reach the governor.

But as we reported in this post, the Senate unanimously supported the bill (the Assembly had done the same earlier), so it wound up going to the governor. It's now law.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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