WASHINGTON, D.C. — Patrice Onwuka, director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at Independent Women’s Forum, will testify in front of the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 7, on the implications of California’s AB5 legislation.

The panel event, entitled “Civil Rights Implications of California’s AB5 legislation,” will examine whether AB5 legislation has led to discrimination or denial of equal protection on the basis of race, color of sex. The Committee also plans to provide the Commission with their findings and recommendations.

Onwuka said in a statement, “Legislation often gets passed and forgotten, but we will not forget the victims of AB5. Flexible work allows women and men who choose not—or cannot—work in a traditional job, whether for caregiving, health, or other reasons, stay employed. The gig economy kept many workers employed when the pandemic shut down many workplaces. AB5 has been devastating for women and should not be the model for any other state or national policy.”

IWF has been telling stories of freelancers and independent contractors affected by AB5 over the last year. Read their stories and share your story on how AB5 has impacted you HERE.

To watch the hearing, register online at: https://tinyurl.com/43yk9xt4



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