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News Posted on January 9, 2014

Professor West Comments for Los Angeles Times on Employment Discrimination Policy

Professor Martha S. West commented for the Los Angeles Times on a little-known California policy that enables the governor to veto employment discrimination cases against public agencies.  Adopted during the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the policy continues under Governor Jerry Brown.

Professor West said the policy appears to violate state employment discrimination law and undermines the independence of the process. "What would be the reason for the governor's office to inject itself into the process other than politics?" West said

Also quoted in the article was Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg '84. "I do have concern because it's unclear what the purpose of the [governor's] review is," he said.

Professor West taught courses on Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, and Sex-based Discrimination at UC Davis School of Law. Her research has focused on discrimination against women faculty in higher education.

Los Angeles Times