EL SOBRANTE -- California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will visit the Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday to talk about the state's religious freedom law that she introduced in the Legislature.

Assembly Bill 1964, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year and went into effect Jan. 1, protects the right of individuals to exercise their religious dress and grooming practices, such as the wearing of beards, turbans, hijabs, yarmulkes, crosses and other religious items, in the workplace. The new law, known as the California Workplace Religious Freedom Act, goes further than pre-existing federal and state laws protecting religious expression.

Yamada will speak at about 11:30 a. m. The Sikh temple is at 3550 Hillcrest Road, El Sobrante.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 and tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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