AB 1556: Pregnancy leave no longer just for women Photo by Mel Elías on Unsplash

AB 1556: Pregnancy leave no longer just for women / Photo by Mel Elías on Unsplash

California’s new AB 1556 law changes statutory references in the Fair Employment and Housing Act to gender-neutral terms related to pregnancy discrimination and leave.

From here forward, all documents relating to pregnancy-related employment protections must be changed from “she,” “female” or “her” to more gender-neutral terms such as “person” and “employee.” This is meant to allow the same protections of pregnancy-related conditions and leaves to transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals who are pregnant.

The bill was written by Assembly member Mark Stone, 29th District, and sponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center. This law went into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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