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    The New Haven Firefighters

    Affirmative Action has not received this kind of attention in a long time. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Santomayor ruled on a case in New Haven CT where there was a claim that the testing used for promotion within the New Haven fire department discriminated against minorities.

    This is not a law course so the legal details are not interesting here. We want to look at the managerial implications of this morally charged situation. So let's leave aside the issues of judicial activism and hermeneutics (interpretation) as a creative activity.

    From a managerial perspective I want to know:

    Did the City of New Haven act reasonably in rejecting the test results based on the lack of minority representation?
    Be clear about the implications for a diverse workforce, or even the need. Should the city be seeking a demographic to their employees that matches that of the general population to begin with? Consider if this is a legitimate goal in making out your argument about this particular situation.

    For some media reaction you can read:

    For an excellent legal overview you can read from findlaw.com


    For the actual opinion from the court:



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    This answer must apply your learning and readings so I can only offer an opinion (as both a business owner, citizen who depends on services in my community, and a professor).

    The fine line any agency or business working with federal and state agency laws walks is often confusing. The entity has to make sure it meets goals and benchmarks set for hiring while maintaining an efficient workforce. The challenge is to not discriminate and yet not accept anyone who cannot perform at the highest ...

    Solution Summary

    A discussion on the outcome of the New Haven firefighters suit against city for not promoting those that passed the test. Issues of diversity and equality are addressed.