Monday, June 29, 2009

New Haven Firefighters

"Daniel P. Westman, a Washington-area lawyer who works extensively in labor and employment law, said: “This is a ruling that every business covered by Title VII will need to take into account. 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.” Mr. Westman said the decision could affect hiring, firing and discipline in the workplace, as well as promotions."

I find this baffling - doesn't the ruling confirm that an employer should not consider race (which is the simple lay interpretation of current legal obligations) when making hiring, firing and discipline (and other) decisions? I would think the ruling makes no change to current decisionmaking except those who WERE considering race when making decisions.

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