San Diego Teacher Carie Charlesworth To Testify in Support of Jackson Bill on Tuesday

June 24, 2013

SACRAMENTO – A bill by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) that would prevent employers from firing or discriminating against an employee who has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking has found a new ally – Carie Charlesworth, a former teacher who made national news headlines when she was terminated from her San Diego teaching job after her abusive ex-husband visited her school campus.

Senate Bill 400, which was introduced earlier this year, before Charlesworth came forth with her story, will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday around 11 a.m.  On Tuesday, Charlesworth will be at the State Capitol to testify in support of SB 400 in the committee hearing and share her story. A brief press conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2040 of the State Capitol.

SB 400 would also require employers to make reasonable efforts to protect these victims at their workplace from their abuser or stalker, such as changing their work telephone number, relocating their desk, or implementing a workplace safety plan.

SB 400 has been designated as a priority bill by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.

WHAT: Press conference on Senate Bill 400, which would prevent employers from firing or discriminating against an employee who has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. SB 400 will be up in the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

WHO: Carie Charlesworth, former teacher; State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara); Rachael Langston from the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, one of the sponsors of the bill; representatives from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and others.

WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, Room 2040

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25.
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Contact: Lisa Gardiner, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s office, (916) 651-4019, lisa.gardiner@sen.ca.gov or

Charity Lacey, media relations for Carie Charlesworth, (619) 368-4373, charity@youplusmemarketing.com