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California Gender Violence Law Provides Civil Remedies for Gender Based Violence or Threats

  • October 3, 2002

A new law provides California employees with a cause of action for gender violence by permitting a person injured by a crime of violence motivated by gender or sex to bring a civil action for damages against the person or persons responsible. While corporate employers are exempt, individual employees or managers may be liable for actual damages, compensatory damages, and punitive damages, among other things.

California Assembly Bill 1928

Purpose: To provide a civil cause of action for gender violence for persons injured by crimes motivated by gender or sex.

Effective Date: January 1, 2003

Consequences: An individual who establishes liability for violence motivated by gender or sex may sue in civil court for damages, including compensatory, actual, and punitive damages, as well as other appropriate relief, such as an injunction and attorneys' fees and costs. While corporate employers are exempt, individuals may include employees, managers and supervisors who use or threaten to use violence against another individual because of sex or gender.

View full text of AB 1928


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