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New Case: Gender Discrimination in CA Worker’s Comp System

July 7, 2016 | by

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.

Read the press release here and learn more about the case in USA Today, Inc., New York Magazine and Slate.

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