Lawsuit filed against California over law forcing companies to appoint LGBT individuals

Chris Holden (D- Pasadena)

How would you prove to a potential employer that you are gay?

The even bigger question: Why would you prove you are gay?

A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the state of California over a law that will compel publicly held companies headquartered in the state to appoint a certain proportion of board members based solely on their race and/or sexual orientation, reports Law Enforcement Today.

The National Center for Public Policy Research filed its Nov. 23 lawsuit against Assembly Bill 979, which was signed into law in 2020 and requires a certain number of minority or LGBTQ board members.

Authored by Chris Holden (D- Pasadena), the law requires California headquartered companies with fewer than four board members to have one member from one of those minority groups. Companies with between four and eight board seats must award two seats based on skin color or which gender you prefer to have sex with.

Larger boards will need to have at least three.

The law followed naturally in the footsteps of Senate Bill 826, a 2018 law that sets board quotas for females, because being non-white or homosexual is so much like being a woman.

Opponents state the obvious: Good candidates will be rejected because they do not meet the state-prescribed surface characteristics.

Legal representation is being provided by the Pacific Legal Foundation, who say they hope to make both Assembly Bill 979 and Senate Bill 826 unconstitutional, as both bills reward and restrict on the basis of race, sex, and … what gender you sleep with.


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