- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers have approved a bill that would update California’s workers’ compensation law so that medical problems primarily affecting women will no longer be considered pre-existing conditions in calculating compensation.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says women often receive less pay than men for suffering the same injury because the law allows discounted rates for pregnancy, breast cancer, menopause, osteoporosis or a psychiatric disability related to those diagnoses.

The state Assembly approved the San Diego Democrat’s bill, AB305, on a 57-18 vote Monday, sending it to the Senate.

Gonzalez says the out-of-date state law discriminates against women in the workplace and puts California at odds with federal law.


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