U.S. Supreme Court Holds That City Discriminated Against White Firefighters


Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a case of so-called reverse discrimination that the City of New Haven, Connecticut discriminated against 17 white firefighters and one Hispanic firefighter by refusing to certify the results of a promotional exam. The City argued that if it had certified the results, it risked litigation by black firefighters who claimed that the exam had a disparate impact upon minorities. The Supreme Court rejected this defense, holding that there was not a strong basis in evidence to demonstrate that the exam itself discriminated against minority candidates.

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