Firefighter Ruling Raises Bar For Disparate Impact

Law360, New York (June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a majority decision split along idealogical lines, the U.S. Supreme Court found Monday that the city of New Haven, Conn., discriminated against a group of white firefighters when it scrapped the results of a promotional exam that too few minorities passed, a ruling legal experts say could erode disparate impact claims under Title VII.

“This may be one of the most significant opinions the court has issued in the last 25 years regarding the appropriate consideration of race in employment decisions,” said lawyer Grace Speights...
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