News from the Business Legislative Committee
AB 1119 adds any individual with “family responsibilities” as a protected class to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which creates an automatic basis for an individual in that new classification to challenge any adverse employment action. AB 1119 also imposes a burdensome new accommodation requirement on employers for any employee who has “family responsibilities” related to the closure of a school or care center. which could include daily or weekly time off requests and unexpected schedule changes. FEHA applies to employers with five or more employees and includes a costly private right of action, exposing small employers to litigation who make any mistake in the application of these new mandates.