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New California Law Prohibits Refusing Entrance to a Business Because a Member is Wearing Their Military Uniform and Adds Other Protections

On July 16, 2018, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1500 which expanded protections for members of the Armed Forces of the United States and to members of the Federal Reserve components of the Armed Forces.

The new law makes clear that no business and other covered establishments may deny a member of the Armed Forces of the United States entrance when they are wearing their uniform. In the news, there have been different stories of businesses choosing to deny service or entrance for certain reasons. This new California law has made it clear that a business cannot deny entrance merely because a member of the Armed Forces is wearing their uniform.

This law also extends protections from discrimination, including discharge from employment, to members of the Federal Reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States and members of the State Military Reserve. California law already protects members of the military or naval forces of the state or of the United States or a person ordered to military duty or training or by reason of being a member of the military or naval forces of the state or U.S.

Employers who regularly deal with the public and others may consider notifying their supervisors and employees about this new development. 

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Jonathan A. Siegel, Labor, Employment Attorney, Jackson Lewis, Law Firm
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Jonathan A. Siegel is one of the founding Principals of the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, state and federal agencies and courts.

Mr. Siegel also provides advice and counsel regarding labor and employment law with respect to various issues ranging from wage and hour law, reduction in force, WARN Act, discipline, leave management and harassment and discrimination issues. Mr. Siegel defends employers regarding different varieties of wrongful...

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