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AB-1084 Gender neutral retail departments.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/20/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 20, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1084


Introduced by Assembly Members Low and Cristina Garcia
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Bauer-Kahan)
(Coauthor: Senator Wiener)

February 18, 2021


An act to add Part 2.57 (commencing with Section 55.7) to Division 1 of the Civil Code, relating to civil rights.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1084, as amended, Low. Gender neutral retail departments.
Existing law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, specifies that all persons within the jurisdiction of the state are free and equal, and no matter their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status, are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind.
This bill would require a retail department store with 500 or more employees that sells childcare items, children’s clothing, or toys, to maintain a gender neutral section or area, to be labeled at the discretion of the retailer, in which a reasonable selection of the items, articles, and toys for children that it sells shall be displayed, regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys.
Beginning on January 1, 2024, the bill would make a retail department store that fails to correct a violation of comply with these provisions within 30 days of receiving written notice of the violation from the Attorney General liable for a civil penalty of $1,000, not to exceed $250 for a first violation or $500 for a subsequent violation, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Part 2.57 (commencing with Section 55.7) is added to Division 1 of the Civil Code, to read:

PART 2.57. Gender Neutral Retail Departments

55.7.
 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) Unjustified differences in similar products that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys can be more easily identified by the consumer if similar items are displayed closer to one another in one, undivided area of the retail sales floor.
(b) Keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate.

55.8.
 (a) A retail department store that offers childcare items, children’s clothing, or toys for sale shall maintain a gender neutral section or area, to be labeled at the discretion of the retailer, in which a reasonable selection of the items, articles, and toys for children it sells shall be displayed, regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys.
(b) This section shall apply only to retail department stores with 500 or more employees.
(c) Beginning on January 1, 2024, a retail department store that fails to correct a violation of comply with this section within 30 days of receiving written notice of the violation from the Attorney General is liable for a civil penalty of one thousand dollars ($1,000) penalty, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for a first violation or five hundred dollars ($500) for a subsequent violation, which may be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the people of the State of California by the Attorney General General, or a district attorney or city attorney, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(d) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Childcare item” means any product designed or intended by the manufacturer to facilitate sleep, relaxation, or the feeding of children, or to help children with sucking or teething.
(2) “Children” means persons 12 years of age or less.
(3) “Clothing” means any wearing apparel, worn for any purpose, including under and outer garments, shoes, and accessories composed primarily of woven material, natural or synthetic yarn, fiber, or leather or similar fabric.
(4) “Toy” means a product designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used by children when they play.