AB 202 would ensure cheerleaders for NFL and other professional sports teams are treated as employees under the law
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 202 today to treat cheerleaders of professional sports teams as employees under California law, a move that will better protect cheer athletes in the state from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape.
Recent attention to the issue from lawsuits brought by cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills have reported that, in addition to sub-minimum wage pay, cheerleaders have been forced to spend significant personal funds and work unpaid overtime – practices that would be illegal under the law but were found to be commonplace pressures on teams’ cheerleaders despite the tremendous profits being gained by the teams they cheered for.
President’s plan for paid sick days would strengthen California’s landmark paid sick leave law authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez
SACRAMENTO – (Friday, Jan. 16, 2015) – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of the state’s landmark paid sick days law in 2014, applauded President Obama today for his proposal this week to pass legislation allowing workers to earn up to seven paid sick days and create a $2 billion incentive program to help cover costs.
The announcement comes ahead of the July 1 implementation of Assembly Bill 1522, a new state law authored by Gonzalez and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law makes California the first state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for every private sector worker, impacting about 6.5 million working Californians.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez adjourned in memory of former Assemblymember Pete Chacon. Assemblymember Chacon passed away in December of 2014 at the age of 89. Chacon was a decorated Air Force veteran of World War II, he was an educator and he was the second Latino in over one hundred years to be elected to the California Legislature. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Assemblymember Gonzalez’s tribute to Pete Chacon.
SACRAMENTO – (Friday, Jan. 9, 2015) – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement today following Gov. Brown’s press conference regarding the proposed 2015-16 state budget:
“One of the most quotable moments of Governor's budget press conference today was in response to a question on extending the state's sales and use taxes to services, to which Gov. Brown responded that Californians would not be 'yoga happy' if their Pilates classes were taxed. That's probably true. But, our budget is a moral document and should prioritize needs over wants. That's why I will be introducing a bill in the coming weeks to move diapers into the category of things that aren't taxed, like food, pharmaceuticals, and even Pilates."
For more information on the proposed diapers sales tax exemption or to interview Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Evan McLaughlin at (916) 319-2080 or (619) 850-2790.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents the 80th Assembly District, which includes Chula Vista, National City and the San Diego neighborhoods of City Heights, Barrio Logan, Paradise Hills, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. For more information, visit http://asmdc.org/members/a80/.
A San Diego assemblywoman announced Wednesday that she plans to introduce legislation to require companies to pay double time to employees who have to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said retailers have increasingly encroached on the Thanksgiving holiday with their "Black Friday'' promotions, forcing workers to give up family time in order to keep their jobs.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on Wednesday introduced a bill to extend protections for immigrants in California against scams as they seek relief under President Barack Obama’s recent Immigration Reform Executive Order.
When Stephen Cruz got a new supervisor a few years ago, his staff job at UC San Diego became something of a living hell.
The new boss would repeatedly yell at workers, scold them behind closed doors, tower above them at their desks, get visibly agitated and red in the face, and send out harsh emails when something went wrong. The emails didn’t include foul language but called out workers with phrases like “I told you,” or “I gave you a direct order,” evidence of what Cruz called extreme micromanagement.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills on Thursday that protect residents in homeowners associations across San Diego County and California who want to replace their water guzzling lawns with drought tolerant plants, or just cut back on turf watering during a drought.