James Deen has filed a Cal/OSHA complaint of bloodborne pathogen violations under section 5193 of the California Code of Regulations against Bellator MMA and its owner, Viacom, Inc. This development comes after Deen was cited and fined under the same section violation due to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filing a complaint against the adult actor.
Deen states, “You can’t pick and choose how to enforce the law. Cal/OSHA knows that section 5193 is not designed to protect entertainment workers. If the government is choosing to say that 5193 applies to the adult entertainment industry, then they are also saying that it must apply to all sports and entertainment.”
Deen feels, “That the adult industry is being wrongfully persecuted solely because they have chosen to work in an industry that is still considered taboo. Sex workers should not be held to different standards under the same regulations as their mainstream counterparts.” He continued, “I would like to see how someone with more power and deeper pockets is able to influence the enforcement and regulation committees in this state.”