Compliance Bulletin

California Expands Civil Rights Law to Include Citizenship, Primary Language and Immigration Status
October 19, 2015

The California legislature amended the Unruh Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination by business establishments on the basis of a person’s citizenship, primary language, and immigration status. Currently, the Unruh Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation. The measure, SB 600 (Pan) is described by its authors and supporters as being declaratory of existing law rather than new law, and it does not require the provision of services or documents in a language other than English. Jason Lane, CBA’s VP of government relations was the lead lobbyist on the bill. See CBA’s Regulatory Compliance Bulletin for more information.