Lorena Gonzalez Statement on Gov. Brown’s Vetoes of #MeToo Legislation

Sunday, September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – (September 30, 2018) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) issued the following statement after Governor Brown vetoed several of the legislator’s priority #MeToo bills.


“When the #MeToo movement started, I was hopeful that we could make transformative change. Not only for women in Hollywood or the halls of the Capitol, but also for women in my district: Janitors, Hotel and Restaurant Workers, Service Workers and Immigrants who were being exploited and harassed at work in ways we can only imagine.


“We wrote a half dozen bills to address these working-class women. Tonight, the Governor completed his vetos of every single one of the bills that would protect low wage, private sector workers. To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement.

“Our bills to ensure janitors are classified as employees, that they can conduct peer to peer sexual harassment training, our bills to ensure hotels can’t deny responsibility for the harassment of their hotel workers, that all workers can’t be retaliated against for telling a supervisor they were harassed (even if they don’t file a lawsuit), our bill to ensure restaurant and retail workers don’t have to give up their right to seek help from the labor commissioner’s office as a condition to getting a job, even our bill to curb labor trafficking -they were all vetoed.

“So, while I’m excited the Senate bills that I co-authored got signed to mandate women on corporate boards and ban secret settlements... It seems the #MeToo protections won’t extend to women who don’t have a certain standing, access to attorneys or a level of existing power.

“There is a reason that despite our great progressive laws in California, we still have the highest wage inequities for Latina workers in the nation. There’s a reason we have such high levels of poverty among working women, and women of color in particular.


“It’s pretty hard to celebrate the gains for women who have the same educational and access advantages as I do, while denying any gains for women like my mom and grandmother who never had those opportunities. You shouldn’t need a Twitter account or an attorney to not be abused in your workplace.” 


For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Mary Latibashvili at (415) 902-3421. 


Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/