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Judge Invalidates California Law Mandating Companies Have Women on Boards

California has taken another loss in its attempt to diversify the boards of companies operating in the state.

The first law required racial and ethnic diversity on boards and was invalidated by a court.

The latest law to get struck down invalidated a law requiring women to serve on boards, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis, a state judge in California, struck down the law ruling it was unconstitutional and violated the equal protection clause of the state’s constitution.

The law did mandate that companies headquartered in California have at least 2 or three women on the board depending on the size of the company.

Judicial Watch, the famous conservative legal group led by Tom Fitton brought the suit on behalf of three California residents.

Fitton commented after the court agreed it treated people differently based on gender, “The court eviscerated California’s unconstitutional gender quota mandate.”

Mandates are likely not needed, even without them 86% of California companies had at least two women on their board at that end of 2021.

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