Reproductive Health Non Discrimination Act by Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Approved by Committee

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Civil Rights Attorney Gloria Allred Testifies in Support of Legislation

SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) –California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won approval of her legislation to outlaw employee conduct codes that infringe on the reproductive health and freedom of women. Assembly Bill 569 was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee with a vote of 9-1. The Assemblywoman was joined for her presentation by civil rights attorney Gloria Allred. 

“No woman should ever be fired for making the choice to have a baby, and this bill will outlaw a glaring loophole that still lets employers grossly violate the privacy of the women who work for them,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Nobody should be forced to sign away control of their reproductive health as a condition of employment.” 

"In 2012 Teri [James] became pregnant.  She was unmarried at the time. She was honest about her pregnancy and she was not willing to lie about it in order to keep her job." said Gloria Allred, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ms. James. "She does not want what happened to her to happen to anyone else.  We ask for your support of the bill protecting workers from discrimination based on reproductive health choices."

The Reproductive Health Non Discrimination Act was introduced by Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher after it was reported in the media that Teri James, an unmarried employee at a San Diego-area private college, was fired after administration discovered she had become pregnant. Ms. James was terminated for violating the employee code of conduct. AB 569 outlaws the use of codes of conduct that deny employees the right to make reproductive health decisions. The bill also makes it explicit in state law that no employee can be fired for making reproductive healthcare decisions, including having children, seeking fertility treatments or using contraception. 

For more information on the AB 569, or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact John Vigna at (916) 319-2080 or (916) 212-0357.