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California Court Blocks Attempt to Impose Diversity Quotas

Earlier this month, according to a new report, the California Court of Appeals upheld two injections challenging the state’s need for diversity quotas on company boards.

A number of regulations that have been established in California mandate that businesses appoint at least one director to meet a quota based on traits like sex, color, or sexual orientation.

The California secretary of state’s emergency plea to lift two injunctions ordered by trial judges that opined that the statutes were unconstitutional was denied by the appeal court.

A conservative watchdog group called Judicial Watch filed two lawsuits on behalf of certain California taxpayers, alleging that two laws requiring diversity quotas in the workplace and approved between 2018 and 2020 violated the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution.

A 2018 statute that mandated every public firm with a California address reserve a seat on its board of directors for someone “who self-identifies her gender as a woman” was the subject of the first lawsuit, which was filed in 2019.

After that, Judicial Watch filed a second lawsuit in 2020 to challenge a statute enacted by Democrat Gavin Newsom that mandated that California-based businesses use racial and sexual quotas during hiring.

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