Support Workers' Compensation Death Benefit Claim

Resolution Number BRG09.56

Support Workers’ Compensation Death Benefit Claim

WHEREAS, there has been a situation where a workers’ compensation death benefit claim was unfairly denied to a family because it was alleged that the deceased “had a previous relationship” with her attacker because she was African-American and the attacker had indicated earlier in the day of the attack that he would kill the first black person he saw; and

WHEREAS, the victim had no previous relationship with her assailant, did not know the killer and was attacked only because she was African-American; and

WHEREAS, such an egregious reason for denying a workers’ compensation benefit should never happen again;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party fully endorses the concept that no workers’ compensation shall be denied solely because the motivation behind what caused the employee’s death was related to an immutable personal characteristic of that employee; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party transmits a copy of the approved resolution with a letter of support to every Democratic legislator in the State.

Submitted by Bob Schelen, Chair, Yolo County Democratic Central Committee
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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