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Affirmative Action:
Piscataway Board of Education v. Taxman, Sharon

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
Subject: Affirmative Action
Settled: Nov. 20, 1997. The case was set to be argued before the court on Jan. 14, before the parties involved agreed to settle out of court.

At Issue: Whether, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers can take race into account in hiring and firing decisions for reasons other than remedying past discrimination.

See the specifics of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Web site.


Background from The Post
Rights Groups Pay To Settle Bias Case (Nov. 22, 1997)
U.S. Shift on White Teacher's Firing Draws Mixed Reactions (Aug. 23, 1997)
Justice Dept. Shifts Stance in Bias Case (Aug. 22, 1997)
Administration Shifts Stand on Diversity Case (June 6, 1997)
High Court Asks Justice Dept. for Comment on Racial Layoff Case (Jan. 22, 1997)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)



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