New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says today’s Supreme Court ruling in a discrimination case involving city firefighters could affect other groups protected by civil rights laws.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the city of New Haven was wrong to throw out the results of a Fire Department promotional exam because no blacks scored high enough to move up in rank. At a press conference, New Haven mayor John DeStefano said the ruling introduces a new set of rules to civil rights cases in America. "I think it’s a continual erosion of civil rights law by the Supreme Court. I think its has implications for other groups such as women, disabled community and you know time will tell."
The firefighters at the center of the lawsuit say they feel vindicated by the Supreme Court’s decision.