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- Mar 5, 2008
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Court says black firefighter lawsuit can proceed - Yahoo! News
I was really surprised not to see a thread on this already. SCOTUS decisions are usually fairly big news. The thing that shocks me is that was a unanimous on this, which leads me to think the ruling was more on procedure than the issue itself. Can one of our legal types comment on this and maybe explain it a bit for us nonlegal types?AP 5:15 pm EST
The Supreme Court ruled Monday a group of African Americans did not wait too long to sue Chicago over a hiring test they challenged as discriminatory, freeing them to collect a lower court judgment.
It is the second time in as many years the high court has tackled discrimination in testing within the firefighting ranks. In a landmark case last year, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said New Haven, Conn., violated white firefighters' civil rights, throwing out an exam in which no African-Americans scored high enough to be promoted to lieutenant or captain.
In Monday's unanimous opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the court that the applicants' lawsuit over a city of Chicago test used to weed out potential firefighter trainee applicants was not too late.