Firefighter Ruling May Aid Employers, Hurt Sotomayor

Law360, New York (May 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hand down a ruling that could potentially resolve a simmering conflict within Title VII and have far-reaching implications for workplace civil rights — in a case whose import the Second Circuit appeared to overlook last year.

The significance of the issues at stake in the action — brought by a group of firefighters in New Haven, Conn. — was not lost on the justices during oral argument in April, nor is the timing of the ruling without its implications,...
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