Court Says Redondo Beach Ordinance is Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that a Redondo Beach ordinance aimed at cracking down on day laborers is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, the Los Angeles Times reported on September 20, 2011. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the anti-solicitation ordinance, which has been in place for more than two decades, “regulates significantly more speech than is necessary to achieve the city’s purpose of improving traffic safety and traffic flow.”

According to the Times, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Comite de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach sued the city after police arrested nearly 60 day laborers over about four weeks in 2004. Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin told the Times that officials would discuss whether to appeal during a closed session at the City Council meeting on September 21.

As the Times noted, this decision could have a wide-ranging effect on the roughly 50 other cities in California with similar anti-solicitation ordinances on the books, and a Costa Mesa ordinance has been on hold pending the appeals court decision. If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination or have questions about how to prove discrimination, contact our office to set up a consultation with a Los Angeles employment lawyer.

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