LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that a landmark California law requiring women to be on corporate boards is unconstitutional.
The Conservative Judicial Watch legal group has sued the law, saying it illegally used taxpayers’ funds to enforce a statute that violates the California Constitution by setting a quota on a gender basis.
The Attorney General’s Office objected that the law does not set a quota because councils can add seats for women directors without depriving men.
The state said the law was needed to change the culture of discrimination.
Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis handed down her ruling Friday at the Los Angeles Supreme Court.