A judge in Los Angeles ruled that a state law requiring public companies to have at least one woman on their board is unconstitutional.
The law was found to violate the right to equal treatment.
The state was sued by Judicial Watch for violating the right to equal treatment and discrimination based on sex.
The law did not establish a quota because there was no requirement for men to be removed to make room for women.
The state denied that the law was unconstitutional because it was reversing a culture of discrimination that favored men after failed attempts to correct it.
The governor's office did not reply to the comment.
The bill requiring women to sit on California corporations' boards was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Companies with five-member boards were required to have two women on their board by the end of 2021, while public companies with headquarters in the state were required to have one female director by the end of 2019. Corporations with six or more directors need to add three women to their board.
29 percent. According to the gender equity focused nonprofit California Partners Project, as of September, 2021, there were more public board seats held by women than men. 15.5% of board seats were held by women before the law.
In April, a Los Angeles judge ruled that the California law requiring corporations to add minorities to their boards was unconstitutional. Judicial Watch was a litigant in that case as well, and the case argued that the measure violated the California Constitution's Equal Protection Clause and challenged the legality of tapping into taxpayer funds for enforcement.
The California law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional.
California's law mandating corporate boards to be more diverse was ruled unconstitutional.