Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law

The Supreme Court's ruling in a case that involved the promotion of firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut has set new parameters for affirmative action.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the case was brought to court when: "New Haven decided to fill 15 slots for lieutenants and captains in its fire department through a test. Of the 19 firefighters who qualified for promotion, none were black and two were Hispanic."

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the group of mostly White firefighters were discriminated against when the results of the promotion exam was axed because no Black candidate scored high enough to be promoted.

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