A legal analyst asserts that the government of California
shouldn't intrude on private employers who reasonably accommodate
Under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown, employers will
face more restrictions against discriminating against Sikhs and
Muslims who wear religious clothing. The bill, penned by
Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, specifies that employees who wear
religious clothing should not have to work in the back of a store
or out of public view. AB 1964 will protect by law turbans, beards,
headscarves, religious clothing or hairstyles.
Ken Klukowski, fellow and senor legal analyst with the American Civil Rights
Union, does not believe this law is necessary.
"I think private employers
have tried to accommodate the religious beliefs of their employees
in ways that do not impair their ability to serve their customers,
and that states should not get involved in second guessing or
forcing things upon employers where the employer is making a
good-faith effort to accommodate," he tells OneNewsNow.
AB 1964 may aid a handful of cases, including an incident where
a Muslim woman sued Disneyland because she alleges she was fired
after refusing to remove her headscarf. Disney asserted that the
employee was provided a company-approved scarf.
The measure will take effect in California on January 1.