New Haven Firefighters Win

The Supreme Court ruled in a 504 decision today that white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a lower court decision in which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

New Haven should not have dropped the promotion exam, according to the court, because black and only two Latinos were likely to be promoted, based on the results. New Haven went with the “blame it on the lawyers” defense, saying that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.

My opinion? I really don’t have one. I have not spent the time to get up to speed employment law issues. At a glance, I can certainly see both arguments. My favorite Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote the dissent. Gun to my head, I go with her. But I have an open mind.