California judge strikes down law requiring racial, LGBTQ diversity on corporate boards – Washington Times – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A Los Angeles judge has tossed a California law mandating that publicly traded corporations include on their boards racial minorities or members of the LGBTQ community, the latest defeat for Democrats as their equity push runs afoul of anti-discrimination laws.

Superior Court Judge Terry Green granted summary judgment Friday to Judicial Watch, the legal watchdog group that sued to overturn the 2020 law, arguing that it violates the state constitution’s equal protection clause.

“This historic California court 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.

“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,” he said.

Assembly Bill 979 required foreign or domestic companies with their main offices in California to name at least one director from “underrepresented communities” by the end of 2021.

“The bill defines a direc

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