Resolution in Opposition to Gender Discrimination in Workers’ Compensation

WHEREAS, although women of all ages have 20-40% higher injury rates than men in the same jobs, in 2004, insurance companies pressured Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature to make changes in workers’ compensation insurance that had the effect of reducing disability compensation for women; and

WHEREAS, these policy changes have often resulted in lower benefits for working women, as evidenced by the facts that carpal tunnel syndrome – a disorder that disproportionately affects women – too often has a disability rating of 0%, that breast cancer contracted as a result of dangerous workplace exposures has a disability rating of 0%, and that first-responders’ injuries are legally presumed to be work related with the sole exception of hospital nurses – a field dominated by women – who experience a high incidence of contracting blood-borne diseases;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges policymakers to make California a better place for working women by modernizing workers’ compensation laws to correct gender-based discriminatory policies; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be communicated to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee Chair Tony Mendoza and Assembly Labor and Employment Committee Chair Roger Hernandez.

Adopted by LACDP 3/10/2015

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