CAAA and California Nurses Association (C.N.A.) to Fight Gender Bias in Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Nurses Deserve Protection from MRSA Infections

Why are Female First Responders the Only Ones without Protection?

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546, Steve@hopcraft.com; Twitter: @shopcraft
 

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians hurt at work, and the California Nurses Association (C.N.A.) announced today that they will join together Tuesday, August 12 to fight for elimination of gender bias against female first responders in California workers compensation insurance through passage of AB 2616 (Skinner). “California recognizes that some jobs are so inherently dangerous that those workers should not have to prove that certain injuries were job related,” said CAAA Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Christel Schoenfelder. “First responders like firefighters and police officers who are required to protect the public are presumed to be injured on the job when they get cancer or an infectious disease. There is one group of first responders who do not receive this protection from dangerous conditions. These are hospital employees, 80% of whom are female. Like police officers and firefighters, they are routinely exposed to conditions that can lead to major health problems.” AB 2616 intends to correct this gender inbalance by extending part of one of the fifteen exemptions that men enjoy – for MRSA skin infections, which are a major health problem in hospitals around the world.

 

What:   CAAA & C.N.A. to Fight Workers’ Compensation Insurance Gender Bias
Who:     Advocates for Injured Workers & Nurses
When:   8:30 am, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Where:  Sheraton Grand Hotel, Second Floor 
 

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