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Gender Bias Debate Raises Civil Rights Violations As state lawmakers advance the proposed laws through the legislative process, one issue has resurfaced in a big way: gender bias in workers' compensation.

AB 305 Gender Bias Bill

March 5, 2015




The California Applicants' Attorneys Association's (CAAA) Women's Caucus yesterday held a news conference with Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D - San Diego) to introduce legislation to eliminate bias against women in workers' compensation insurance. Video from the press conference is now posted at 

CAAA announces AB 305 to target Workers' Compensation Insurance Gender Bias.

March 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association’s (CAAA) Women’s Caucus, at a news conference with Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D – San Diego), today announced legislation to help eliminate bias against women in workers’ compensation insurance.

CAAA and C.N.A. Bill to Curb Gender Bias in Workers’ Compensation Insurance Passes Legislature:

Nurses Deserve Protection from MRSA Infections

Groundbreaking Measure Gives Female First Responders Equal Protection

August 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians hurt at work, and the California Nurses Association’s (C.N.A.) measure to eliminate gender bias against female first responders in California workers’ compensation insurance passed the Assembly today by a vote of 46 - 23. AB 2616 goes now to the governor for action. 

Injured Worker, Kathryn Donahue    

 

UR Denied Story Kathryn Donahue

July 31, 2014

I’m an R.N. in an Intensive Care Unit. I got a MRSA infection at work and Sedgwick denied my claim. They claimed I got MRSA from my dog! Nurses care for patients, risking our own health. We deserve protections for work injuries, so we can worry about the patient and not fear our injuries will be denied.... 

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

August 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians hurt at work, today joined the California Nurses Association (C.N.A.) in calling 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 ...

Click here for more information about support for AB2616

CAAA Releases Video Highlights of California Working Women’s Injuries Symposium

April 15, 2014

Women Injured More Frequently as they Age,
While Men are Injured Less Often;
Experts and Advocates Call for More Research,
Attention to Safety Gear,
Eliminate Bias from AMA Guides & Other Standards

 
February 2014
  • Women make up 50% of California’s workforce.
  • Women are injured more frequently at work as they age, while men’s injury rates decline.
  • The most common women’s occupations produce Cumulative Trauma (CT), or repetitive strain, injuries.
  • Women have a higher risk at work for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Mental Stress.
  • Women are more likely to be a victim of violence or mental abuse in the workplace.
  • Farm work is dangerous and done mainly by immigrants who are vulnerable, live below the poverty line, and are undocumented.
  • Protective equipment is not designed for women’s bodies.
  • Workers’ compensation insurance carriers cover less than ¼ of work injury costs.

CAAA Women’s Caucus & Women’s Legislative Caucus Spotlight California Working Women’s Injuries: 

February 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association’s (CAAA) Women’s Caucus today hosted a “Working Women’s Injuries Symposium: Causes, Consequences and Prevention,” co-hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. Over 100 legislators, regulators, labor leaders, workplace safety advocates, and injured workers’ attorneys examined the causes of working women’s on-the- job injuries, and..

California Working Women's Injuries Symposium: Causes, Consequences & Prevention
Handouts, Schedule, Videos Links

February 2014

CAAA Women's Caucus & Women's Legislative Caucus to Co-Host California Working Women's Injuries Symposium: Causes, Consequences & Prevention, February 12, 2014, Citizen Hotel, Sacramento.
 

 Womens Work Injuries Demand Attention

February 7, 2014

Christel Schoenfelder, CAAA Women's Caucus Co-Chair writes an Opinion Editorial for WorkCompCentral. The percentage of women in the workforce has steadily increased and is now equal to that of men. From the 1960s to the 1990s, the percentage of women performing higher risk jobs, such as construction and manufacturing, also grew according to the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation (CHSWC). With this increase in working women and a broader choice of jobs have come increased workplace injuries. Yet, attention to the causes of, and how to prevent and best treat, these injuries to women has lagged behind.

Women in the Workforce

2014

The percentage of women in the workforce has steadily increased and is now 50%.
From the 1960's to the 1990's, the percentage of women performing higher risk jobs, such as construction and manufacturing, also grew.

Media Advisory Women's Caucus May 18

May 14, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) Women’s Caucus, whose members represent Californians injured on the job, will host a breakfast with members of the Legislature’s Women’s Caucus on Tuesday, May 14th, to focus on work injuries common to women and identify solutions.

Injured Workers’ Advocates to Convene, Release eBook, Examine Women’s Workplace Injuries

January 21, 2014

News Release: Rancho Mirage, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians injured on the job, will convene more than 1,000 workers’ compensation professionals, the overwhelming majority advocates for Californians injured on the job, in Rancho Mirage for a four-day convention beginning Thursday, January 23.

Women's Caucus Flyer - Feed the Hungry

October 17, 2013

Please join CAAA’s Women’s Caucus in our effort to help feed the hungry
during this Thanksgiving season. Please donate a canned or dry item.
Collection boxes are located at the offices of Lauren Belger &
Christel Schoenfelder, Jim Butler, Lynne Brown, Melissa Brown,
Alicia Hawthorne, Diana Marsteiner, Susan Medina & Sandra Rocca &
Kelli Schmidt. Our CAAA volunteers will distribute the food raised to local
food banks via Feeding America.

Lobby Day 2013 Sacramento CA

March 2013

Injured Workers Advocates Call for Attention to Working Women's Injury Rates; End to Constant Delays and Denials of Medical Care; Insurance Carrier Malfeasance

Release AB 1309 A Giveaway to Billionaires

2013

Workers’ compensation is insurance that employers are required to purchase to cover injuries to employees arising from their work. Shielding billionaire out-of-state team owners from their liability to provide medical treatment and disability compensation to their injured players doesn’t have any impact on the workers compensation insurance costs for California employers. AB 1309 seeks to protect billionaire sports team owners on the backs of injured athletes.

Dianne Fitzpatrick Injured Worker

August 29, 2012

Injured Worker Story: I was a schoolteacher for many years. I loved my job. There is no better feeling than having a positive impact on children and seeing them respond and grow. But in December 2001, I was trying to remove a disruptive student from the class. I stretched out my hands to the student, who grabbed my hands and pulled me straight down towards the floor. I felt immediate sharp back pain, shooting up my spine, down both hips and into my knees. As I was falling forward, I grabbed onto a cabinet, but I landed hard on the floor anyway. I suffered multiple compression fractures in my back. 

SB 899 Has Had Appalling Impacts on Injured Workers

March 28, 2012

News Release: Senate Hears from Injured Workers, Advocates:SB 899 "Appalling" Impact on Injured Worker MedicalCare and Disability Compensation 

Release AB 1155 passes Sen comm
Alejo Bill

July 6, 2011

SEN. LABOR COMM. PASSES BAN ON BIAS IN PERMANENT DISABILITY COMPENSATION: Alejo Bill Prohibits Insurers from Penalizing Ethnic Minorities, Women, Older Workers

calOSHA

June 6, 2011

OFF OUR KNEES: Hotel Housekeepers Win CalOSHA Citation and Sen. Appropriations Support to End “On Your Knees” Bathroom Cleaning and Backbreaking Bed-Making Practices. 06/30/2011

De Saulnier Bill - SB 145

March 27, 2009

Media Advisory: DeSaulnier Bill Prohibits Insurers from Penalizing Ethnic Minorities, Women, Older Workers Bill Responds to Dollar Tree, Other Bias Cases. Media Advisory

San Diego Union Tribune: State Senate alters limits on workers' comp

March 11, 2008

Media Advisory: SACRAMENTO – The state Senate approved legislation yesterday that would
prohibit doctors from considering age, race or genetic factors in determining the
size of workers' compensation benefits for employees who suffer job-related
disabilities.

BILL WOULD BAN BIAS IN DISABILITY BENEFITS: Migden Bill to Prohibit Insurers from Penalizing Women, Ethnic Minorities, Older Workers; Millions of Dollars Deducted each Year

February 12, 2008

Media Advisory: Sen. Carole Migden, VotersInjuredatWork.org, the California Applicants Attorneys Association (CAAA) and supporters will unveil legislation to ban race, gender and age discrimination in awarding disability compensation to workers injured on the job. SB 899, Governor Schwarzenegger’s workers’ compensation bill, is permitting discrimination against California workers based on their age, race and gender. The measure allows insurers and doctors to reduce permanent disability compensation awards based on gender, race and age. Compensation to disabled workers has been cut by millions each year due to this discrimination.