On May 29, the Cal­i­for­nia State Assem­bly passed the  Work­place Reli­gious Free­dom Act of 2012 by a vote of 63–6. AB 1964 is now on its way to the Senate.

Spon­sored by Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), AB 1964 would include the prac­tice of wear­ing reli­gious cloth­ing or a reli­gious hair­style as a belief or obser­vance cov­ered by exist­ing pro­tec­tions against reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion, and would spec­ify that an accom­mo­da­tion of a per­son wear­ing reli­gious cloth­ing or a reli­gious hair­style that would require that per­son to be seg­re­gated from the pub­lic or other employ­ees is not a rea­son­able accom­mo­da­tion. This bill would fur­ther pro­vide that no accom­mo­da­tion is required if an accom­mo­da­tion would result in the vio­la­tion of spec­i­fied laws pro­tect­ing civil rights.

The bill is presently in the Sen­ate Rules Com­mit­tee await­ing Sen­ate com­mit­tee assignment.

To track the progress of the leg­is­la­tion and read the lat­est ver­sions of the bill, visit http://​www​.aroundthe​capi​tol​.com/​B​i​l​l​s​/​A​B​_​1​9​6​4​/​2​0​1​1​2​0​12/

See our pre­vi­ous arti­cle on the bill:

Key Cal­i­for­nia Com­mit­tee Passes Work­place Reli­gious Free­dom Act — April 20, 2012