An Express Article from the California Land Title Association
Bulletin 11/12-41 - October 13, 2011
Governor Brown signed a bill into law on Sunday that expands prohibited discrimination under the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Assembly Bill 887 (Atkins), which was strongly supported by gay rights organization Equality California, was one of the last bills signed by the Governor before the final deadline for signing or vetoing legislation.
The new law prohibits discrimination under the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act based on genetic information, gender, gender identity, and gender expression. The new law also amends the existing law governing the removal of racial restrictions by allowing a property owner to seek the removal of any of these newly prohibited discriminatory restrictions through a “Restrictive Covenant Modification” (RCM). The exiting requirement remains unchanged that prior to recording the document it must be submitted to county counsel for a determination of whether the restriction is prohibited. Additionally, the cover page or stamp on any deed, restriction or governing document provided to a person must be changed to add genetic information, gender, gender identity, and gender expression to the list of unlawful restrictions.