Legal Information: California

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
June 21, 2021

Who is protected under this law?

Under California state law, you may be protected under this law if you are a victim of:

  • domestic violence;
  • sexual assault;
  • stalking;
  • any crime that caused physical injury;
  • any crime that caused mental injury with a threat of physical injury; or
  • any crime that caused an immediate family member to die. 1

For the purposes of this law, an “immediate family member” is:

  • a child, regardless of age, biological relationship, adoption or foster status, etc.;
  • a parent, regardless of biological relationship, adoption or foster status, or legal guardianship, etc.;
  • a spouse or domestic partner;
  • a sibling, whether biological, foster, adopted, step-sibling, or half-sibling; or
  • anyone else whose relationship with you is the equivalent of the family relationships previously listed. 2

1 Cal.Labor Code § 230(c)
2 Cal.Labor Code §§ 230(j)(3); 230.1(g)(3)

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