(Updated 12:00 p.m.) New Haven has lost the firefighters promotion case—and national civil rights law is being reinterpreted as a result.
That was the upshot Monday morning as the long-awaited Supreme Court decision came down in the case known as Ricci v. DeStefano
The case was filed by 20 city firefighters—19 white, one Hispanic—who said the city violated their rights by ignoring the results of 2004 promotional exams because no black firefighters scored high enough to qualify.
The Supreme Court’s justices, voting 5-4, agreed.
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