New Case: Gender Discrimination in CA Worker’s Comp System
California’s worker’s compensation system is plagued by gender discrimination and bias that results in reduced benefits for women workers and a devaluation of women across our state.
That is why this week, alongside Public Counsel, Caldwell Leslie & Proctor PC, and Professor Catherine Fink of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, we filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a group of women workers and the SEIU California State Council.
By distributing worker’s compensation benefits on the basis of sex, California sends a message that women workers, and their contributions to the workplace, are less valuable. For example, a woman past child-bearing age who undergoes a mastectomy due to work-induced breast cancer is entitled to zero permanent disability benefits for the loss of her breasts. Meanwhile, male employees receive a 16-20% disability rating for prostate cancer, regardless of age.
We are hopeful that this lawsuit and public exposure of the discrimination in California’s worker’s compensation system will result in change.
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