At the end of the legislative session of 2018, the California legislature and Governor passed a series of laws which included SB 1500, a bill that pertained to the California State Military Reserve (State Defense Force). The law forbids any employment discrimination to members of the United States Military and California State Military Reserve. The law also included a clause that no military member can ‘be refused entrance to public entertainment, places of amusement, and other specified business establishments because they wear their organization’s uniform’.
Prohibition Against Discrimination of Members of Military to Include the Reserves
SB 1500 expands existing prohibitions of discrimination against members of the military or naval forces. Existing law prohibits discrimination in employment by virtue of being a member of the military or naval forces, performing ordered military duty or training, or accepting a warrant or commission for service. In addition, members cannot be refused entrance to public entertainment, places of amusement, and other specified business establishments because they wear their organization’s uniform. Specifically, SB 1500 amends Military and Veterans Code section 394 to extend such protections to members of the federal reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States and members of the State Military Reserve.