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Assemblyman Evan Low (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

New CA Bill to Require Gender Neutral Retail Departments

AB 1084 will require retailers to maintain one undivided area of its sales floor for children’s clothing, as well as online

By Chris Micheli, February 19, 2021 7:32 am

On February 18, Assembly members Evan Low and Cristina Garcia introduced Assembly Bill 1084 to require gender neutral retail departments. The bill would add Part 2.57 (commencing with Section 55.7) to Division 1 of the Civil Code.

Section One of the bill would add Part 2.57, which would be titled “Gender Neutral Retail Departments.” The bill would specify legislative findings and declarations that there are unjustified differences in similar products that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys can be more easily identified by the consumer if similar items are displayed closer to one another in one, undivided area of the retail sales floor. In addition, keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

The bill would specify that a retail department store that offers childcare items for sale is required to maintain one undivided area of its sales floor where the majority of the childcare items being offered shall be displayed, regardless of whether a particular childcare item has been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys. In addition, a retail department store that offers children’s clothing for sale, as well as toys for sale, would be required to maintain one undivided area of its sales floor where the majority of the children’s clothing being offered shall be displayed, regardless of whether a particular article of children’s clothing has been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys. The bill defines the terms “childcare item,” “clothing,” and “toy.”

AB 1084 would also specify that it is not to be construed to constrain how a retailer promotes, displays, or presents a particular item within each undivided area of its sales floor where either childcare items, children’s clothing, or toys are being offered for sale. However, no signage is allowed to be used within any undivided area where either childcare items, children’s clothing, or toys are offered for sale indicating the items are for either girls or for boys.

In addition, a retail department store located in California that maintains an internet website through which it sells childcare items, children’s clothing, toys, or anything that could be considered a combination thereof, is required to dedicate a section of the internet website to the sale of those items and articles that must be titled, at the discretion of the retailer, “kids”, “unisex”, or “gender neutral”.

This proposed law would only apply to retail department stores with 500 or more employees. Beginning on January 1, 2024, a retail department store that fails to correct a violation of this law within 30 days of receiving written notice of the violation from the Attorney General is liable for a civil penalty of $1,000 which may be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the people of the State of California by the Attorney General in any court of competent jurisdiction.

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38 thoughts on “New CA Bill to Require Gender Neutral Retail Departments

  1. So now we are having re-runs of these ridiculous, pointless, irritating, time-wasting bills?
    It’s enough already, don’t you think? These legislators are clearly not up to the job. Actually I think a group of randomly chosen 2nd-graders would do a much better job.

  2. Over reaching government!
    If this is the best they can do, then lets put a proposition on the ballot for a part time legislative body. They seem to do more harm than good when in session.
    And let’s give random 2nd. graders a chance, this really is stuff of an elementary school council. A woke elementary school council at that.

    Just when you think it can’t getting more ridiculous🤯

  3. With each new assault against children and families these scumbags make clear their agenda is to pervert innocence and degrade children, so that these perverts in office might use confused children for own disgusting desires.

  4. Dear Control Queens, you’re not gonna believe this, but established corporations around the globe have made store layout into a high science! You’re bringing a stick and a coffee can to a symphony performance…and you look like a bunch of foolishfags in the process (yes, you, Evan Low).

  5. Jeezoo wally….

    Is this REALLY the most important issue facing Californians???

    All the other problems have been solved and this is the most important issue on the docket???

    Crimes, what a bunch of freaks and LOSERS…

    California voters should be ASHAMED of themselves, voting for these freaks….

  6. Perhaps they should mandate that everyone wear Mao suits so we are all equal. Noisome is in the pocket of the red Chinese so that should please his masters.

  7. Assemblyman Low introduced this bill last session-AB-2826. Introduced in February 2020 it is listed as “Died at Desk” by November. This version will hopefully suffer the same fate.

  8. So then what’s the purpose of the bill if you already manage to buy what you choose to buy? And I’m certain I’m not the only one curious about what you buy that is unisex. Can you tell us. That’s a serious question. And pretty sure I need the “trap door” in my underwear to pee and that it won’t work well for women.

  9. If people can’t find what they want, they will just get frustrated & leave. If not they are milling about confused & picking up everything. How is this a good idea with Covid guidelines? If your kid wants opposite sex toys they will let you know, this is so stupid & one more reason people are leaving CA in droves.

  10. These over entitled creeps have nothing to do with the spirit of being a Californian, as exemplified by actions as this. If anything, they show themselves to be the typical carpet bagging parasitic enemy in the same lot as their supporters .. subjugating all that is good and decent.
    Stand.

  11. If this is all our legislators have to do, then we need a whole new legislature.. What about all the people who have been either hurt or put out of business during the covid-19 pandemic? Also all the others who have lost jobs during this crisis? How about getting the children back in school and into athletic programs? What about finding ways to quell all the fears that have been created during this difficult time? Where has sanity gone?

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