Small Business Reacts to Senate Passage of SB 1300 (Jackson)

Date: May 31, 2018

New private right of action will crush small businesses

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NFIB in California
Contact: Shawn Lewis (916) 342-9315; [email protected]
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Small Business Reacts to Senate Passage of SB 1300 (Jackson)
New private right of action will crush small businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 31, 2018 – Following the Senate passage of SB 1300 (Jackson), NFIB’s California State Director John Kabateck issued the following statement on behalf of our over 20,000 dues-paying small business members:

“On behalf of our more than 20,000 NFIB small business members here California, we are deeply troubled by the passage of Senate Bill 1300 this afternoon, as this bill would create a new avenue and incentive to sue a small business for failure to prevent any form of harassment, even when no harassment has occurred. While small business owners take very seriously any harassment in the workplace and want it eradicated, this bill provides no new protections, but rather only serves as a profit opportunity for trial lawyers.

“Under SB 1300, any individual—whether they’re an employee, customer, or member of the public—has a right to sue an employer for any act they deem ‘unwelcome’ even if no violation has occurred. Litigation is costly for any employer, but it can be a game-changer for the small business owner. Since this bill will create a new wave of litigation while providing no new protections for employees, NFIB will continue to strongly oppose SB 1300 as it moves to the Assembly.”

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