California corporate diversity law ruled unconstitutional
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Sun Apr 3 08:31:45 2022
Published April 2, 2022
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that California’s
landmark law mandating that corporations diversify their boards with
members from certain racial, ethnic or LGBT groups is unconstitutional.
The brief ruling granted summary judgment to Judicial Watch, a
conservative legal group that sought a permanent injunction against the
measure that was signed into law last year. The ruling didn't explain
the judge's reasoning.
The measure requires corporate boards of publicly traded companies with
a main executive office in California to have a member from an "underrepresented community," including LGBT, Black, Latino, Asian,
Native American or Pacific Islander.
The decision "declared unconstitutional one of the most blatant and
significant attacks in the modern era on constitutional prohibitions
against discrimination," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
However, in its court filings, the state argued that the measure didn’t "discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any
individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or
national origin in the operation of public employment, public
education, or public contracting."