By Hannah Wiley, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT

February 21, 2019

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article22…

WORKER DISCRIMINATION

A group of organizations is submitting a petition this morning to California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara in a fight to ban the use of occupation and education when pricing auto insurance.

According to Consumer Watchdog, one of the groups urging the ban, seven out of the 10 largest auto insurance companies unfairly charge lower-income workers, such as janitors, waitresses, factory workers and drivers, up to 15 percent more for insurance. The group argues that doctors, lawyers and other highly educated professionals benefit from that percentage disparity because they then receive discounts.

The 11 groups are expected to advocate in their petition for auto insurance rates to be based off a driver’s safety record and their driving experience.

A press conference is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Consumer Watchdog Offices in Los Angeles.