High court sides with business

June 29, 2009
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Business has won two important cases in the U.S. Supreme Court in recent days.

Today, the court ruled in favor of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., who claimed they had been unfairly denied promotions due to their race. The city was wrong to toss out a promotion exam because too few Hispanics and African-Americans would have been bumped up based on the results, the court said.

On Thursday, the court ruled that older workers must prove that no factors in addition to their age were issues in layoffs or demotions. The decision is expected to make age-discrimination suits much more difficult to win.

Both were 5-4 decisions, with Anthony Kennedy providing the key vote.

How do you feel about the decisions?
  • How is it the employer won on the race issue? They actually lost...
  • I think that both decisions are fair and am somewhat surprised (pleasantly I might add) that they were decided as such. neither race nor age should have any impact on how a person's job performance is rated. aren't we all better off if someone's performance is based strictly on that person's abilities and work ethic? especially someone who could be responsible for saving your life?
  • We can always hope that the Supreme Court will do the correct thing. In both of these cases they did the correct thing. That is why it is so important that political persuasion of the appointee is neutral. The fact that Sonia Sotomayor was the judge at the lower court indicates she is not the best candidate for the Supreme Court.

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