California’s landmark requirement that corporate boards include women was ruled unconstitutional.
The outcome is a victory for a conservative legal advocacy group that challenged the measure as reverse discrimination.
“We’re disappointed and appalled at this setback for women to be advancing in business,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credair, CEO of 50/50 Women on Boards, and one of the proponents of the law when she was president of the California chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. The group expects the state to appeal, but has no assurances yet that it will, she said.
The case is Crest v. Padilla, 19STCV27561, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles).