Wednesday, 07 September 2011 23:10

Governor Of California Signed Equal-Benefits-For-LGBT-Workers Bill

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From now on the State of California will not be able to enter into contracts of more than $100,000 with companies refusing to give equal benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, the governor Jerry brown just signed the legislation.

"The state's tax dollars earned by hardworking Californians should not be invested in companies that unfairly discriminate against LGBT people and their families," said Roland Palencia, Executive Director of Equality California, organization which sponsored the bill.

"The Equal Benefits bill will ensure that the state does not enter into major contracts with companies that discriminate against same-sex couples. We are grateful to have Governor Brown and Senator Kehoe continuing the fight for the rights of all California workers."

Equality California is the largest organization in the state for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders rights advocacy. It passed more than 70 legal texts and continues to fight for equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment.

The senator Christine Kehoe, author of this bill added: "Providing the same benefits to an employee with a domestic partner, or same-sex or opposite-sex spouse ensures that workers receive equal pay for equal work. California should lead the way for other employers to provide benefits that are non-discriminatory."