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In the News: California Governor Signs Bill Banning the Word 'Alien' from California Labor Law

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Immigrants living in California will have one less thing to worry about when it comes to the possibility of facing national origin discrimination thanks to both State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D) and Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

An Important Update to California Labor Law

On Monday, Aug. 13, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will remove the word "alien" in reference to undocumented immigrants in California's labor code.

This measure takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and seeks to revamp and modernize the language used in California laws. Not only that, but Brown signed two other bills which both update immigration policy. All three of these initiatives will help show the nation that California respects cultural diversity and the contributions of all Californians - regardless of their national origin.

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Immigrants living in California will have one less thing to worry about when it comes to the possibility of facing national origin discrimination thanks to both State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D) and Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

An Important Update to California Labor Law

On Monday, Aug. 13, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will remove the word "alien" in reference to undocumented immigrants in California's labor code.

This measure takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and seeks to revamp and modernize the language used in California laws. Not only that, but Brown signed two other bills which both update immigration policy. All three of these initiatives will help show the nation that California respects cultural diversity and the contributions of all Californians - regardless of their national origin.

Back in February, State Sen. Tony Mendoza, chair of the California state Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations, introduced SB 432. And in April, Mendoza presented the question, "Should the outdated and derogatory reference to foreign-born individuals as 'aliens' be repealed from the Labor Code?" at a committee hearing.

Mendoza went on to say that, "The word 'alien' and any law prescribing an order for the issuance of employment to 'aliens' have no place in the laws of our state and more importantly, should never be the basis for any employment hiring."

The word "alien" has been found in the language of California labor law since 1937, and refers to undocumented immigrants.

Read more: Jerry Brown Nixes 'Alien' From California Labor Law
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you due to your national origin or immigration status. The law also prohibits your employer for hiring solely U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents unless required by law. If you are an employee working in California and have faced discrimination or harassment based on your national origin, contact our expert employment lawyers at Hennig Ruiz for a free consultation.

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