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Putting the Spotlight on the Gender Pay Gap

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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) wrote Assembly Concurrent Resolution 50 (ACR 50 - Equal Pay Day) to bring attention to, and declare the legislature’s concern about, the gender wage gap in California. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to create public awareness about the gap between men's and women's wages. The date selected each year (April 14th this year) reflects how far into the current year, on average, a woman must work in order to earn as much as their white male counter parts earned in the previous calendar year. Watch Assemblywoman Gonzalez present ACR 50 to the State Assembly in this Assembly Access video.

Gonzalez Bill Provides Pro Sports Cheerleaders with Employee Rights

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(Sacramento) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to better protect cheerleaders of professional sports from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape by treating them as employees under California law has passed by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Assembly Bill 202 would explicitly require that professional sports teams provide cheerleaders with the same rights and benefits as other employees, protecting against the sort of financial and personal abuses that have been reported throughout the country. “AB 202 simply demands that any professional sports team – or their chosen contractor – treat the women on the field with the same dignity and respect that we treat the guy selling beer,” said Gonzalez, a former high school and collegiate cheerleader. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez, Latino Legislative Caucus Unveil 2015 Priority Legislation

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(Sacramento) - At a state capitol news conference Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) stood with Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, to announce the Caucus’ 2015 priority legislation. Assembly Bill 1461, written by Assemblywoman Gonzalez, is one of Caucus’ top bills. She says AB 1461 will allow eligible residents to register to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Here’s more from Assemblywoman Gonzalez in this Assembly Access video.

Assemblymember Gonzalez Adjourns in Memory of former Assemblymember Pete Chacon

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(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.

Gonzalez Earned Sick Days Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

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(Sacramento) – Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to guarantee all private sector employees in California have the right to earn and use at least 3 sick days per year has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. California is the first state in the nation with such an inclusive law. Assembly Bill 1522 aims to reduce the impact that illnesses have on the state’s working families as well as the health and safety of employees in the workplace. “Workers and their employers lose out when employees have to choose between reporting for work while sick or losing pay because they don’t,” Gonzalez said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Water Conservation Through Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

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(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), landscaping and water use experts and their supporters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to cheer the passage of Assembly Bill 2104, authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez.  AB 2104 would allow homeowners in HOAs to reduce water usage through responsible landscaping without fear of fines. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says residential water conservation is one of the many steps Californians should take in the face of the current drought conditions throughout California. And, Assemblywoman Gonzalez says, “Drought-tolerant plants that homeowners can plant will save them water and money.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez: Earned Sick Days Bill Needed Now

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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has written legislation to guarantee employees in California have the right to earn and use at least 3 sick days per year. Assembly Bill 1522 aims to reduce the impact that illnesses have on the state’s working families as well as the health and safety of employees in the workplace. “Both workers and their employers lose out when employees have to choose between reporting for work while sick or losing pay because they don’t,” Gonzalez said. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Named Chair of Select Committee on Women in the Workplace

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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has been named Chair of the newly created Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). Speaker Pérez made the announcement on Equal Pay Day, part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women. “Equal Pay Day is our annual reminder that more and more families are relying on women to be breadwinners and that our economy works best when we acknowledge and accommodate the realities working women face,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez. “As a single working mother myself, I face this reality every day, and I am very excited to work with my colleagues to seek solutions that break down barriers to employment, accommodate women’s roles in their families as well as their jobs, and bring a greater dose of equity to the workplace.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Cesar Chavez

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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) joined the rest of the California State Assembly as they held a special ceremony to commemorate the life and legacy of the late farm labor organizers Cesar Chavez. Assemblywoman Gonzalez told her fellow Assembly members, “We hear a lot about how great he was – and he undeniably was – and the great things he did but as somebody who came from being a worker advocate I would imagine that he would most want us to talk about the stuff that still needs to be done.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Earned Sick Days Bill Approved by Assembly Committee

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(Sacramento) - A bill authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to guarantee employees in California can earn and use at least 3 sick days per year has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Assembly Bill 1522 aims to reduce the impact that illnesses have on the state’s working families as well as the health and safety of employees in the workplace. Assemblywoman Gonzalez said that providing employees with paid sick leave could reduce health care costs by allowing workers and their family members time to visit a primary care physician to address an illness rather than rushing to an emergency room to seek care due to their fear of missing work. AB 1522 will move on to the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary.

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