Geese decry use of Gander Sauce in their preparation…
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 BY KEN WHITE 93 COMMENTS
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.