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Charisse Jones - July 2016
A case against California state agencies who oversee dispensing of workers' compensation benefits on behalf of several women injured on the job. The lawsuit alleges that injured female workers in California are denied equal disability benefits because of systemic gender bias.
On of the plaintiffs, Janice Page, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2012. Though workers' comp officials determined that Page had contracted cancer after exposure to toxins in the work place, a medical evaluator, adhering to the American Medical Association guidelines, denied permanent impairment and her insurance company thus denied her permanent-disability compensation. The AMA guidelines, however, give no impairment rating to women who undergo a mastectomy past childbearing age. The impairment rating for women of childbearing age is 5%, while men whose prostates are removed are assigned an impairment rating between 6-20%.
"I should not be discriminated against, and have my disability compensation reduced, because of a bias against women" Page declared.
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Original source: www.usatoday.com