Monday, May 3, 2010

Post-Ricci Black New Haven Firefighter Case Dismissed

Gavel The district court in Connecticut recently dismissed the Briscoe lawsuit that followed the landmark Ricci employment discrimination lawsuit.  No opinion yet, but WTNH in New Haven has this story:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a black firefighter against New Haven over a 2003 promotion exam that was the subject of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June.

Firefighter Michael Briscoe alleged he was unfairly denied a chance for promotion to lieutenant because the city wrongly gave more weight to the test's written part than the oral section.

Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. dismissed Briscoe's lawsuit Wednesday, saying he would issue his reasons in a subsequent opinion.
Having not seen the court's reasoning, it would be premature to comment, but I would not be surprised to see if the decision does not give us some clue to how lower courts might interpret the controversial Ricci decision.

I didn't see anything on the blog about it, but I might have missed it.  I just thought that I would pass this along.  I hope all is well!

Hat Tip: Allen Kamp and Joe Seiner


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