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OMG! Broad, Flexible, Plaintiff-Friendly Law Used In Unanticipated Manner!


California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, a 1959 law named after a powerful California politician, was a precursor to the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act. It prohibits businesses from discriminating against folks based on specified attributes, currently including sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation. It is, by design, a very broad and flexible tool, and has repeatedly been interpreted to protect groups and classes beyond those listed explicitly. Defendants found liable can be ordered to pay up to three times the actual damages the plaintiff suffers (and no less than $4,000), and can be ordered to pay the plaintiff’s attorney fees. A losing plaintiff can’t be ordered to pay a winning defendant’s attorney fees, with certain narrow disability-law exceptions.

Recently the Unruh Act provoked outrage. Why? Because this broad, flexible, and unilateral law was invoked creatively by the wrong people. Here’s how The Mary Sue put it:

Some Jerks Used a 56-Year-Old Anti-Discrimination Law to Shut Down “Women in Tech” Group

If you’re only irritated by this when a group of Wrong People target a group of Right People, you’re not to be taken seriously.

My how the left squeals about the pinching when made to wear the shoes they intend everyone else to wear.

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  • JWH

    Personally, I would rework this law (and laws like it) so that damages bear some relation to the actual damages suffered. That would make vexatious litigation rather unprofitable, methinks.

    • Commander_Chico

      Lawyer’s fees are paid to the winner no matter how small the damages.

      Someone was stupid to fight this suit.

    • jim_m

      Key take away that you seem to have missed:

      Here’s the thing: if you only wake up to how broken the system is when it’s abused by one of your ideological enemies, you’re a vapid partisan hack. The legal system — including, but not “only” or “especially” civil rights laws — is a tool of extortion, deceit, and thuggery.

      The point being that these woman are plenty happy to abuse the law when it can be leveraged to their benefit, but when they discriminate themselves they are outraged because they believe that they should be exempt from the law due to the accidental biology of their birth.

      Too bad. They discriminated. They got what they deserved.

      • JWH

        Or perhaps I saw that “key takeaway” and go in a different direction than you did.

  • Commander_Chico

    Fuck these Women in Tech poseurs like Shanley Kane. Step up or STFU.

  • iwogisdead

    I can’t follow the link. Thus, everyone is deprived of my wisdom.

  • Tanuki Man

    A literal case of “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” I hope more ganders get sauced as time passes.