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Dear Supporter,

In 2012 the Sikh Coalition made history when AB1964 was enacted. The state law provides the strongest workplace discrimination protections against religious minorities in the country. But there is still work to do.

In the long term, we will be working with the state and community partners to implement regulations that further carry out the intent of the law.

In the short term, we are working to educate the public about their new rights under the law. For example, the Sikh Coalition’s Legal Director Harsimran Kaur will be co-presenting a webinar tomorrow with the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) about the new law and religious discrimination in the workplace. Members of the public, attorneys and human resources professionals are encouraged to register. (MCLE & HRCI credit available.)

Who: DFEH & Sikh Coalition
What: Webinar on religious discrimination in the workplace
When: Thursday July 11, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm PST
Where: Online.Livestream here.
Why: Know your Rights!

We continue to work with DFEH and others to educate the public about the strengthened religious discrimination law throughout the year.

Background:
AB1964 was introduced by California Assembly Member Mariko Yamada in February 2012, and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2012. The bill was first proposed to Assembly Member Yamada by the Sikh Coalition. It was then drafted and revised in direct partnership with the Sikh Coalition. The new law promotes equal employment opportunity for all workers in California, regardless of religion, and prevents job discrimination. It prohibits segregation and strengthens the legal standard for religious accommodations in the workplace. California workers now enjoy the strongest protections against religious discrimination in the entire United States.

This achievement ranks among the most far-reaching victories in the Sikh Coalition’s history. It will protect the civil rights of millions of Americans.

Chardi Kala,

Harsimran Kaur
Legal Director
The Sikh Coalition

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