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More diversity quotas

Society | California puts more controls on how corporations pick boards of directors
by Mary Jackson
Posted 10/16/20, 01:10 pm

A conservative activist group is suing California over a new law that requires corporations with headquarters in the state to actively put racial minorities or LGBT individuals on their boards of directors.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the first-of-its-kind bill on Sept. 30. It carries a $100,000 fine for first-time offenders and $300,000 for repeated violations. Newsom argued the law is necessary to combat racial injustice and give minorities “a seat at the table.”

Judicial Watch sued California on Oct. 2 on behalf of three taxpayers, arguing the state cannot legally spend taxpayer funds enforcing the law.

“California’s government has a penchant for quotas that are brazenly unconstitutional,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Gender quotas and now new quotas for numerous other groups for corporate boards are slaps in the face to the core American value of equal protection under the law.”

California passed a similar law in 2018 requiring public companies to have at least one female board member by 2019. Companies with five or more directors must include two or three women by the end of 2021. In March, the California secretary of state reported 43 corporations failed to comply. Judicial Watch and a private shareholder in a California-based company have separately sued the state over the law, arguing it is unconstitutional to consider candidates based on sex. Opponents of the measure also say it demeans women by relegating them to “quota hires.” A trial is scheduled for next summer.

Under the new law, by the end of 2021 more than 660 public corporations must have at least one board member who identifies as LGBT or is from an “underrepresented community”: African American, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native.

Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Geenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 03:22 pm

    Unbelievable.  People who vote Democrat must simply want the government to mandate every detail in life, based on whatever their lastest progressive passion, and pay for it all with taxpayer's money.  It would do a lot of Americans well if they would deeply consider whether or not they really want to be free, or whether they want to hand over their lives and minds to their so-called "liberal" minders.  And consider what that loss of freedom would mean if it turned on them and their priorities one day.

  • BF
    Posted: Sat, 10/17/2020 12:59 pm

    Laws like this are so ironic. In the name of anti-racism, we fill quotas by using racial tactics. Competency is determined by someone's racial or social profile, not by their skill level. Who now is the true racist here?

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Sat, 10/17/2020 08:48 pm

    Yea, kinda makes you wonder how MLK, Jr. would fit in with this woke crowd:

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

  • TxAgEngr
    Posted: Mon, 10/19/2020 03:38 pm

    Most corporations would find it more economic, and less disruptive, to just pay the fine. 

  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Wed, 10/21/2020 01:59 pm

    I'm so glad I don't live in California.

  • RC
    Posted: Wed, 10/21/2020 03:06 pm

    They say the NBA is the most “diverse” of any of the professional sports. But how can you call anything having “diversity” with over 80% of the players coming from one race?  My problem comes from the total deceptive abuse and misuse of the English language. The reality is that diversity has absolutely nothing to do with who the players are in the NBA. It is totally about athletic ability and skill, period end of story.