San Diego Beats Discriminatory Welfare Program Allegations

Nov. 27, 2020, 6:19 PM

San Diego County’s implementation of a state welfare program doesn’t discriminate against the protected groups who receive assistance because all recipients must complete the same application process, a California appeals court said.

Recipients of the state-funded California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program alleged the county’s requirement that applicants to the program participate in a home visit disproportionately impacted women and people of color. The unannounced visits, conducted by licensed peace officers from the Department of Child Support Services, are embarrassing, stigmatizing, and traumatizing, the suit alleged.

Because the visits are unannounced, applicants often remain confined to their homes...

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