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White firefighters discriminated against

Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Case. Some common sense amidst the chaos.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of white firefighters in Connecticut were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision endorsed by high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The 5-4 ruling poses a potential complication to Sotomayor's nomination, with confirmation hearings set to start in July. Already, supporters and critics of Sotomayor are seizing on the decision in an effort to defend their stance.

In the high-profile, controversial case, white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., argued they were discriminated against when the city tossed out the results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough on it.

Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the opinion in favor of Frank Ricci and his fellow firefighters who sued the city of New Haven.

"The city's action in discarding the tests violated (federal law)," the Supreme Court majority wrote Monday, adding that the city's "race-based rejection of the test results" could not be justified.

4 comments to White firefighters discriminated against

  • Gigi

    It's a thriling surprise for Ricci and the others. Yeay!!

    Ginsberg's (a/k/a "Morticia") dissent blurb is the most disgusting drivel you will read all day: she ignores the statute and yaps instead about fairness. Or her concept thereof. Sigh.

  • OJO there were two Hispanics part of the lawsuit as well that felt discriminated against because they were not black; which is why I find the dissenting decision illogical.

  • I'll write on this later. None of the pundits know what they are talking about same as to the article. The decision is right on and pro employee rather than pro employer.

  • Mr. Mojito

    ... Now if only the RINO's weren't cowards afraid of offending some hispanic voters.