SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 1,000 laws in his last year. A few, which take effect Tuesday, take aim at gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
California becomes the first state to require publicly held corporations to have at least one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019 and two or more by 2021.
Spurred by the #MeToo movement, another new law bans private and public employers, including the state Legislature, from reaching secret settlements over sexual assault, harassment or discrimination. A law preventing businesses from requiring employees to sign liability releases to keep their jobs or receive bonuses is among several expanded protections.
Californians also can list their gender as “nonbinary” on their driver’s licenses, designated as the letter “X.”