SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1687, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) which requires online entertainment employment service providers to remove age and birthdate information from their website upon request, passed the Assembly floor today with bipartisan support and is headed to the Governor’s desk.
“Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “Unfortunately, it is common practice for casting directors and producers to use web sites such as IMDb and IMDb Pro to access information about actors, which can contain age information that should not be part of the casting decision.”
Actors and actresses are often cast in roles in which they portray characters who are younger or older than their actual age. It is the essence of an actor’s craft to convincingly play the role of someone they are not; however, age discrimination, and by extension websites that facilitate it, denies them that opportunity before they’ve even auditioned.
AB 1687 requires web sites that provide employment related services on a subscription basis to remove date of birth information on the request of the subscriber. The measure will prohibit commercial online entertainment employment service providers such as IMDb and IMDb Pro from publishing or sharing a subscriber’s birthdate or age information upon request by the subscriber. Furthermore, AB 1687 specifies that online entertainment employment service providers have five days to comply with a subscriber’s request to remove age information.
Contact: Lerna Shirinian (562) 692-5858
Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, East La Mirada, East Whittier, Los Nietos-West Whittier, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, and Hacienda Heights.