Judge Says Mostly White Work Force Doesn't Prove Bias

Law360, New York (April 17, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT) -- An Iowa state judge on Tuesday struck down allegations that the state's government discriminated against black job applicants by subtly favoring whites in hiring and promotions, saying the choices were reflective of employers' subconscious attitudes but did not necessarily signal unlawful discrimination.

Polk County District Judge Robert J. Blink said the class had not done enough to prove their theory of “implicit bias,” which was based on research suggesting that Americans intrinsically favor whites over blacks, even when they don't know they're doing so.

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