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California State Statute:
opens new window California: Cal. Government Code 12920 et seq.and 11135
Employment Nondiscrimination The opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination because of genetic information, is recognized as a civil right. It is an unlawful employment practice, unless based on a bonafide occupational qualification, to subject any employee, applicant or other person to a test for the presence of a genetic characteristic. In addition, a person in the State of California may not, on the basis of genetic information, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity that is conducted, operated, or administered by the state or by any state agency, is funded directly by the state, or receives any financial assistance from the state.

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