Firefighter Ruling Gives Foggy Answers At Best

Law360, New York (June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of a group of white New Haven, Conn., firefighters who accused the city of discrimination aims to establish a bright-line rule for employers facing potential disparate impact claims, but the guidance is far from crystal clear, lawyers said.

The majority ruled Monday in Ricci v. DeStefano that New Haven officials violated the anti-discrimination provisions of Title VII when, fearful of facing a lawsuit by black firefighters, it refused to recognize the results of the fire department's two promotional...
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