DOJ Stance In Harvard Suit Adds Wrinkle To Diversity Efforts

By Vin Gurrieri (September 7, 2018, 8:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's recent decision to back a suit challenging Harvard University's race-conscious admissions practices could complicate voluntary efforts by private employers to boost diversity in their ranks.

The DOJ on Aug. 30 filed a statement of interest urging a Massachusetts federal court to reject Harvard's request for summary judgment over claims brought by Asian-American applicants accusing the school of consciously capping the number of students it accepts from various racial backgrounds. The plaintiffs in the case claim Harvard's practices unfairly limit the number of Asian-American students the school accepts in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights...

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