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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My sincere condolences for your loss and apologies for the difficult time your employer is giving you with respect to your bereavement time.
Unfortunately, California law does not presently entitle private sector employees to protected bereavement leave. This means that even if your employer offers bereavement time, there is no law preventing them from "interfering" with it, or even terminating you due to some occurrence which stemmed from it. It would be absolutely horrible and unfair for an employer to do something like that--and indeed the vast majority of employers would not--but the law does not prevent employers from being horrible or unfair, the law only prohibits employers from doing things which are expressly illegal. So, while I would certainly agree that this is an "interference" with your bereavement, it is not an interference which gives rise to any legal claims, and you would not typically have any legal protection under these circumstances. Your only real power here would be the power of persuasion--that is, explaining to your employer logically that any low quality score would have been the result of your approved bereavement leave because someone close to you recently died. Most employers, indeed virtually ALL employers, would be understanding in those circumstances. But the law will not help you.
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Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, you are quoting from a bill that has not yet been passed into law and may never be. In fact, this is why I qualified my answer about bereavement leave in terms of what the law presently" requires. You are quoting from AB 325. You can see the legislative status of the bill here.
So, for the time being, and insofar as affects your situation, there is no bereavement protection for private sector employees. I hope this clarifies things.
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Very best wishes.