On September 9, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (A.B. 1443) expanding employment law protections to unpaid interns.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act — which applies to employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and certain training programs — prohibits employment discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. This bill expands the protections above to persons in apprenticeship training programs, other training programs leading to employment, unpaid internships, and other limited duration programs where the person is providing unpaid work.
The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
Read 2014 CA A.B. 1443
This article was originally published by ThinkHR and is republished with permission.