California's workers' compensation reforms are being contested in a lawsuit that argues changes to the benefit structure are discriminatory against older workers and women who have been pregnant.

This latest challenge is in the form of an action filed with the state appellate court on behalf of an older injured worker, Marlene Escobedo, whose award was reduced on the basis of a finding she had a pre-existing condition involving degenerative arthritis.

Her suit alleges that the new workers' compensation system reduces benefits based on age, gender and other factors.

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