If you want to be a boss in California, that might just be impossible. If Speaker of the Assembly Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) gets his way with his sponsored bill that has passed through committee that would literally phase out your right to be called the boss of your own company.
Atkins efforts are echoed by president Pro Tem Kevin De León who stated that he and his caucus were fully on board. De León (D-Los Angeles) said, “No longer will workers confront the hostile environment which comes every day when they have to face being stratified in their careers.”
Town Hall reported:
The California Legislature is debating a bill that has passed through committee that would phase out hierarchy within a company. The bill is considered a landmark bill by many to eliminate what has been referred to as “wholesale oppression” of employees of a company.
Speaker of the Assembly Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) sponsored the bill and hailed it as the next step in equal rights for all Americans. In the State Senate, President Pro Tem Kevin De León cheered the efforts of Speaker Atkins and stated he and his caucus were fully on board. De León (D-Los Angeles) said, “No longer will workers confront the hostile environment which comes every day when they have to face being stratified in their careers.”
AB-69 details the terms which can no longer as stated in the law be used to “create a hostile work environment.” As codified in the law, the terms “supervisor, manager, overseer, team leader, leader, producer, director, controller, chair, boss, captain, head person, head honcho, authority, chief, chairperson, chairman, partner, inspector or any other term that may create a perception of inequity that an employee may perceive as harmful to their employment individuality.” Speaker Atkins stated, “This legislation in coordination with our recent law regarding bullying in the workplace will successfully create a harmonious environment for our residents which will enhance their life experience.”
The ACLU has weighed in supporting the proposal. ACLU spokesperson Jeffrey Steinberg expressed not only that the new law would be welcomed, but they feel the law will withstand any legal challenges. Steinberg stated “Our society has wrought a fearful environment for have-nots who wish to improve their economic status. Being stratified with hostile terms like supervisor or manager have created a drag on our culture that must be halted.”
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