The Office of Administrative Law has approved new amendments to the Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA) protections related to National Origin discrimination. These amendments were filed with the Secretary of State on May 17, 2018, and go into effect on July 1, 2018. The amendments expand the definition of “national origin” to now include an “individual’s or ancestors’ actual or perceived:
As well, the amendments provide new examples of actions by employers that can constitute national origin discrimination, including:
The final language of the FEHA amendments can be found at: https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2018/05/FinalTextRegNationalOriginDiscrimination.pdf.
Going forward, these amendments will require employers to revise their protected classification lists (normally contained in Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Prevention policies). If you have questions about these FEHA amendments, policy compliance or drafting or any other employment law questions, contact the employment attorneys at LightGabler for assistance.