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Court Rules California’s Corporate Diversity Law Unconstitutional

A person looks toward snow-topped mountains behind the Los Angeles downtown skyline following heavy rains, as seen from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

A person looks toward snow-topped mountains behind the Los Angeles downtown skyline following heavy rains, as seen from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

The Epoch Times - By Mimi Nguyen Ly April 2, 2022

A Los Angeles court determined on Saturday that a California law requiring certain workplace boardroom quotas of underrepresented communities is unconstitutional.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit (pdf) in early October 2020 arguing that any spending of taxpayer funds or taxpayer-paid resources on the quota law is “illegal under the California Constitution.”

The lawsuit was filed days after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law. The measure required publicly traded companies to have a minimum of one director from an “underrepresented community” on its board by the end of last year, and potentially more such directors by the end of 2022 depending on the number of members on a given board.

According to the law, a “director from an underrepresented community” refers to “an individual who self-identifies as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native, or who self-identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.”

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Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters at AltaMed Urgent Care in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 25, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

California’s Assembly Appropriations Committee has noted that AB 979 “will result in ongoing costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to gather demographic information and compile a report on this data on its internet website,” Judicial Watch said in its complaint.

Judicial Watch noted in its motion for summary judgment (pdf): “Laws that explicitly distinguish between individuals on racial or ethnic, sexual preference, and transgender status grounds fall within the core of the prohibition of the equal protection clause.”

The group had said the law’s quotas requirement is “immediately suspect and presumptively invalid and triggers strict scrutiny review.”

“Because it classifies directors by virtue of their race, ethnicity, sexual preference, or transgender status, AB 979 can only be justified by a compelling governmental interest, and its use of race and ethnicity must be narrowly tailored to serve that compelling interest.

“As Defendant cannot make these difficult showings, AB 979 is unconstitutional and any expenditure of taxpayer funds or taxpayer-financed resources in furtherance of, ensuring compliance … quotas required by AB 979 is illegal.”

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Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, in Washington on Oct. 31, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement on Saturday: “This historic California court decision declared unconstitutional one of the most blatant and significant attacks in the modern era on constitutional prohibitions against discrimination.

“In its ruling today, the court upheld the core American value of equal protection under the law. Judicial Watch’s taxpayer clients are heroes for standing up for civil rights against the Left’s pernicious efforts to undo anti-discrimination protections.”

California’s governor, secretary of state, and attorney general did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times’s requests for comment.

Mimi Nguyen Ly

Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter based in Australia covering world news with a focus on U.S. news. Contact Mimi at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com


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