Source: Bob Austin, California Public Employee Relations Journal, no. 194, February 2009
Until recently the California Fair Employment and Housing Act provided broader protection against disability discrimination than the Americans with Disability Act. Therefore the FEHA was the controlling edict in California. With the September 2008 signing of Senate Bill 3406, the ADA Amendments Act, the two acts are closer to parity. The amendments, which became effective on January 1, restore certain scope of coverage issues previously narrowed by the U.S. Supreme Court. And they liberalize implementation definitions and proscriptions consonant, but not altogether consistent, with current FEHA standards.