(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker of the Eastern District of California suspended the California Community Colleges system inclusion rules.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) rules as described in a memo sent in May by the California Community Systems leaders were created as an assessment for employees to help determine whether they were proficient or progressing towards proficiency in DEI areas.
The judge however found that the rules were concerning and could be considered to be violating some of the First Amendment rights of Americans. In his injunction, he noted that the plaintiff had proved the merits of the case and had shown that the program could be contrary to the freedom of speech protection in the academic arena granted by the First Amendment.
Daymon Johnson, a professor at Bakersfield Community College filed the lawsuit in June claiming that one of his colleagues Matthew Garrett had risked being terminated over his political views.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office responded to the decision in a statement given to the Daily Caller where they pointed out that they disagreed with the decision and would be filing a more detailed response in the next two weeks. They further pointed out that these programs were important as ensuring that staff and faculty were proficient in DEI areas could help ensure that the campuses were a more effective and safer learning environment.
This is not the only such legal battle that the California Community Colleges have to face, as a lawsuit against their DEI rules was also filed by The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) in August.
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