Gov. Brown Signs AB 1964 into Law

Sacramento, CA: The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) September 10 applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s efforts to protect the religious rights of California employees by signing the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964) at a unity rally over the weekend.

AB 1964, which was sponsored by Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) earlier this year, will clarify the responsibilities of employers in the state with respect to religious accommodation in the workplace.

SEE: Gov. Brown Signs Law Protecting Sikhs, Muslims from Workplace Bias (LA Times blogs)

CAIR-CA helped draft the legislation and worked with local Muslim community members and Sikh allies to mobilize support for AB 1964 during the year, beginning with the first-ever Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC), where 50-plus California Muslims visited Sacramento and engaged their lawmakers.

“As an advocacy organization that works with community members to resolve complaints of workplace discrimination against the state’s Muslims, we believe this law will be a major step forward in assuring faith-observing employees that they’ll be judged on the merits of their skills, rather than on their religious gear,” said CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed.

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