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WWL: Ricci vs. DeStefano
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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04/21/2009
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A New Haven dispute to be heard by US Supreme Court focuses on race and employment

 

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Tomorrow the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that’s been being argued in New Haven for years. In 2004, New Haven city officials decided to throw out the results of a fire department promotional exam after the results of the exam yielded a racially lopsided set of promotions. The high scorers on the test, a group of white and Latino firefighters passed the test at twice the rate of the department’s black candidates, and they’ve sued, saying that they’ve been robbed of promotions on the basis of “reverse discrimination.” The city defends its decision saying that it acted under its legal obligations—to comply with civil rights law.

The Obama Administration has weighed in on the case, one of the first major civil rights questions to come before the Roberts Court. Now New Haven, and the country, wait for a decision that could change how employers comply with The Civil Rights Act of 1964.


 
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ricci vs. De Stefano

    I think it totally unconstatutional that the firefighters that studied so hard to pass the test,had them then thrown out because the test wasn't "fair" to minorities.As one white firefighter said he worked very hard to pass that test-perhaps if everyone did there wouldn't be a lawsuit.What do they want an easier test,isn't that demeaning and continuing the deprecation that people claim is so prevalent?

reverse discrimination

Hey !!! There's NO International assc. Of WHITE FIREFIGHTERS...THERES NO WHT TV STATIONS   LIKE BET... BLACK ETERTAINMENT...WHERE ALL SUPPOST TO BE     EQUAL...IT MUST STOP .. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Double bind

Sued if you do, sued if you don't.

Lose if you do, lose if you don't.

How do employers avoid this double bind?

reverse discrimination

   There seems to be a problem boiling over in middle class america ! One would think with a African American president, we would have moved beyond 1964 civil rights amendment. title Xll . BUT  some folks think African Americans have the exclusive rights to EQUAL Opurtunity THE ONLY WAY TO STOP DISCRIMINATION IS TO STOP DISCRIMINATING..QUOTE '' CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS... AMMEN