Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice, has found her opinion overruled today on the constitutionality of a New Haven job discrimination case.
Media sources report the city annulled a firefighter’s exam on which non-white participants scored significantly lower. This means that the white firefighters did not receive promotions of which they were deserving due to their higher scores.
In a 5 – 4 vote, the highest court deemed scrapping the test to be an act of racial discrimination because it overturned a component to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The Los Angeles Times reports Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was one judge who felt that the New Haven council was wrong to deny the white firefighters their promotions that they earned through knowledge and job expertise.
"No individual should face workplace discrimination based on race," he stated, indicating that had this ruling been upheld, there would have been wider implications for employers across the country.
For example, Daniel Westman who is a Washington-based lawyer told theNew York Times how this case and its decision affected more than firefighters.
"Some companies may have thought this was just a public sector firefighter case that would not apply outside the government employment context, but that is not the case," he told the news provider.