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April 2, 2022, 4:11 AM

California Mandate to Seat Minorities on Boards Ruled Unlawful

Malathi Nayak
Malathi Nayak
Bloomberg News

California’s landmark mandate for boards of directors to include minorities was struck down by a state judge.

The measure signed into law in 2020 by Governor Gavin Newsom to diversify boards violates the California Constitution, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Green ruled Friday.

Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group, challenged the state’s establishment of a quota for members of underrepresented groups, including Black, Hispanic and Asian people, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

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“The court agreed with Judicial Watch that any expenditure of taxpayer funds or ...

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