CA Stores That Refuse Gender Neutral Toy Sections Can Be Fined $500

FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during an interview in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. Newsom has signed a bill to ban school boards from rejecting textbooks based on their teachings about the contributions of people from different racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities. On Monday, Sept. 25, Newsom said the measure is “long overdue.” (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
  • Major retailers in California are approaching a deadline to establish gender-neutral toy sections for children within the next few weeks or face potential fines of up to $500. This stems from a contentious state law set to be enforced in the coming year.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom signed the legislation into law in 2021, specifying that California-based department stores with 500 or more employees, engaged in the sale of “childcare items or toys,” must incorporate a gender-neutral section. This requirement applies irrespective of whether the items have historically been marketed specifically for girls or boys.
  • The law defines “childcare items” broadly, encompassing products intended for sleep, feeding children, relaxation, or assisting with activities like sucking or teething. It establishes that children, for the purposes of this law, are individuals aged 12 and under.