Fired teacher Carie Charlesworth to speak in Sacramento in support of Senate Bill 400

Bill would protect employee who is abuse victim

A local Catholic school teacher is set to testify in Sacramento Tuesday in support of 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.

Carie Charlesworth will be at the State Capitol to share her story in support of the bill, which was authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

Charlesworth said she was fired her job at Holy Trinity School after her abusive ex-husband showed up on campus, prompting the school to go into lockdown.

According to Jackson's office, 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."

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