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Ricci v. DeStefano

Ricci v. DeStefano

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Ricci v. DeStefano (2009)
Citation: 557 U.S. ___ (2009) Tim Chancy
 
Facts of the Case
White and Hispanic candidates forpromotion in the New Haven, CT firedepartment sued various city officialsin the United States District Court forthe District of Connecticut when theNew Haven Civil Service Board (CSB)failed to certify two exams needed forthe plaintiffs' promotion to Lieutenantand Captain.
 The CSB did not certify because theresults of the test would havepromoted a disproportionate numberof white candidates in comparison tominority candidates.
 
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 The plaintiffs argued that their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42U.S.C. Section 2000e, and the 14thAmendment Equal Protection Clause wereviolated. The federal district court grantedthe defendants' motion for summary judgment.
On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed. Itreasoned that the CSB, by refusing tocertify the results of the promotionalexam, was trying to fulfill its obligationsunder the rules utilized by the plaintiffs intheir argument and therefore was

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