Existing California law provides protection to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and prevents retaliation against such victims for taking time off of work to attend to issues arising as a result of these crimes. Under the current law, an employer may not willfully refuse to rehire, promote, or otherwise restore an employee or former employee who has been determined to be eligible for such hiring.  SB 400 extends these protections to victims of stalking.  The bill also prohibits an employer from discharging, discriminating or retaliating against an employee in any manner because of the employee’s status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Additionally, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to such victims including, but not limited to, transfer, reassignment, modified schedules, changed work telephone numbers, changed work stations, and referral to a victim assistance organization.