Supreme Court Reverses Decision Against White Firefighters

June 29, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – The Supreme Court has chosen to overturn a decision made earlier to uphold a lower court ruling that denied the claims of white firemen that they had been unfairly treated because of their race.

The city of New Haven, Connecticut had initially denied four firemen the chance to take a promotion exam, canceling it because there were no African American of Latino firemen who would likely make the promotional rounds this year, and they feared litigation.

“Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions,” Justice Anthony Kennedy was quoted by MSNBC.

Kennedy was joined by other Supreme Court Justices, such as Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

However, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg point out that the firemen “had no vested right to promotion. Nor have other persons received promotions in preference to them.”

John Paul Stevens, David Souter, and Stephen Breyer all joined her in opposition to the ruling, which reverses a decision backed by Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently a nominee for the US high court.


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