AB 1102 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, increasing the penalties of health care facilities found guilty of retaliation and discrimination. Under the new bill, health facilities that willfully retaliate or discriminate against an employee or patient who has presented a grievance or complaint about the facility, or willfully retaliate or discriminate against a person who has cooperated in an investigation questioning the quality of care, services, or conditions at the facility, can now be fined up to $75,000. Previously, the maximum penalty was set at $20,000. The bill amends Section 1278.5 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities.
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