Justices Probe Title VII Conflict In Race Bias Case

Law360 (April 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case of so-called reverse discrimination that could fundamentally alter workplace civil rights protections and potentially resolve tensions between two provisions of Title VII.

In a case brought by a group of white firefighters who accused the city of New Haven, Conn., of discriminating against them when it scrapped a promotional exam because too few minorities passed, the high court justices grappled with the seeming conflict between the statute's anti-discrimination and disparate impact provisions.

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