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California Gender Nondiscrimination Act

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

California's Gender Nondiscrimination Act, AB 887, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 9, 2011. The law became effective on January 1, 2012. It amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to add gender identity and gender expression as protected classes. Previously, the FEHA had only used the term gender identity. This new law clarifies the terms gender identity and gender expression. It makes both gender identity and gender expression protected categories and thereby protects transgender persons from discrimination based on their behavior and/or appearance with respect to sex and gender.