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Bill Would Reverse ‘Discriminatory’ Policy That Mostly Impacts Women of Color

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Cathyleen Williams of Barstow shuddered as she listened to the claims agent from the state’s unemployment insurance program.

Cathyleen Williams of Barstow with her late son, Caleb. Caleb suffered from a congenital heart defect and required round-the-clock care. When he passed away in 2016, Cathyleen was shocked to learn she wasn’t entitled to unemployment benefits, even though she’d been paid by the state to be his full-time caregiver. Courtesy of Cathyleen Williams.

Williams wouldn’t be getting unemployment benefits, the agent said. Family members paid by the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program to care for disabled children, elderly parents or spouses, didn’t get unemployment benefits if the person they

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