Calif. High Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban

Law360, New York (August 2, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT) -- California's highest court on Monday upheld a 1996 voter initiative banning race- and sex-based preferences in government contracting, employment and education throughout the state.

Ruling in a case brought by contractors over a San Francisco policy favoring contracting businesses owned by women and minorities, the Supreme Court of California ruled in a 6-1 decision that Proposition 209, which amended the state's constitution to bar race- and sex-based preferences from government hiring, does not violate federal constitutional protections for minorities.

The city had argued that Proposition 209...
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