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BREAKING: Ricci v. DeStefano Plaintiffs Accept Offers Of Judgment

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

News outlets this morning reported that the plaintiffs (a group of firefighters in New Haven) in the Ricci v. DeStefano reverse discrimination case were awarded damages of about $2 million (plus attorneys fees of $3 million). What the reports don’t really get into, however, is exactly how that has come about. Turns out that the… Continue Reading

Another Day. Another Employee Fired Because of Facebook

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB

Haven’t we heard this before? A Bourne, Massachusetts firefighter was recently fired for — imagine this — his Facebook posts in which he  "allegedly railed against [a] police officer over some incident, angrily carried on about being forced to work on the Fourth of July holiday and  made a homosexual slur", according to press reports…. Continue Reading

Wait, There’s ANOTHER Firefighter Race Discrimination Case in New Haven? (Yes, and the Conn. Supreme Court Just Ruled On It)

Posted in Litigation

So, while everyone has been paying attention to the Ricci v. DeStefano case, which dealt with a group of white firefighters who claim that they should’ve been promoted, another case involving New Haven firefighters has been making its way through the state court system. (As an aside, are there any firefighters in New Haven who… Continue Reading

District Court Enters Judgment Against New Haven; Orders 14 Firefighters to be Promoted

Posted in Litigation

It was never really a question of if, but when. And yesterday, the United States District Court in Connecticut made final what had long been anticipated in the Ricci v. DeStefano case — the promotions of various firefighters to the positions of Lieutenant and Captain.  You can download the order here. In doing so, the… Continue Reading

Black Firefighters Move to Intervene in Ricci v. DeStefano

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Yesterday, a group of black firefighters filed a motion to intervene in the Ricci v. DeStefano case claiming their rights will be "irrevocably impaired " if they aren’t allowed to join in the case.  You can download the motion and the accompanying memorandum of law here.  The motion was not unexpected though I’m not sure… Continue Reading

Ricci Redux: Black Firefighter Files Suit Against New Haven Alleging Race Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Well, that didn’t take too long. Just a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano, a black firefighter filed suit yesterday in U.S. District Court alleging that he was unfairly denied promotion to the position of lieutenant because of the city’s scoring of a 2003 promotional exam.  You can download… Continue Reading

Connecticut Bar Association Schedules Program on “Discrimination Claims After Ricci v. DeStefano”

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment

Credit the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section with landing all the major players in the Ricci v. DeStefano case for a panel discussion on August 18, 2009 at Quinnipiac University School of Lawl.  Full program details are available at the CBA’s website, including registration.  The panel brings together both the attorney representing the firefighters… Continue Reading

Five Things Employers Can Learn from the Ricci v. DeStefano Case

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

Although I tipped my hand yesterday through some posts (here and here) and an interview with the Connecticut Law Tribune, here are some takeaways for employers from the Ricci v. DeStefano case. The Decision Applies to Private Employers.   Before Ricci was decided, the case could’ve gone two ways — it could have been based on… Continue Reading

Ricci v. DeStefano – The Best of Today’s Coverage of the Supreme Court Decision

Posted in Litigation

For a case out of little Connecticut, the Ricci v. DeStefano case today sure has drawn big interest. Seems like everyone has an opinion on the matter. There are plenty of wrapups of the case out today. Many of them are, predictably, saying much of the same thing: Interesting case; probably applies to private employers;… Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know About Ricci v. DeStefano – A Free Webinar

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

A further read-through of the Ricci v. DeStefano case today has reinforced my view that there are going to be some real lessons learned for employers out of this case.  The case had the potential of being a very narrow decision which would have minimized the impact to employers. However, because the court addresses head-on… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Ricci v. DeStefano – Supreme Court Reverses Second Circuit And Finds New Haven Violated Title VII in 5-4 Decision

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

In closing out its 2008-09 term today  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4, along ideological lines that the city of New Haven violated Title VII in refusing to promote a group of white firefighters and refusing to apply the results of a test that it claimed would have had a disparate impact on minorities. The… Continue Reading

Still Awaiting A Decision on Ricci v. DeStefano

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Those waiting for a decision in the hotly-anticipated Ricci v. DeStefano case will have to wait a few more days (likely Monday). The U.S. Supreme Court released the decisions for the day this morning and Ricci was not among them. It is now expected to be released early next week. It is one of just… Continue Reading

What Will Happen After Ricci v. DeStefano is Decided?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Litigation

The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this month on the controversial case of Ricci v. DeStefano, the case out of New Haven, Connecticut involving a group of white firefighters who have alleged discrimination by the city. But what will happen after the court rules on the case? That’s the subject of an interesting post… Continue Reading

Ricci v. DeStefano – How a Little Case Out of New Haven Has Become A “Big Deal”; And Should It Be One?

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Over the last 24 hours, much virtual ink has been spilled on a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ricci v. DeStefano, because Judge Sonia Sotomayor — one of the judges handling the case at the Court of Appeals — has been nominated to the Court. (I’ve covered the case in various posts here.) … Continue Reading

Awaiting a Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano – More Followup

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

In the next month or so, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision (or multiple decisions) in the Ricci v. DeStefano matter (for background, see my prior posts here). In the meantime, other bloggers and writers have been adding their views to fill out the spectrum.  On the Talking Points Memo site,… Continue Reading

Ricci v. DeStefano – Wrapup of Coverage of Oral Argument

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

There’s lots of coverage this morning on the Ricci v. DeStefano (otherwise known as the New Haven firefighter reverse discrimination claim) oral argument at the Supreme Court yesterday — among the most significant discrimination cases arising in Connecticut in years.  Here’s a wrap-up: Ellen Simon, of the Employee Rights Post, rightly points out the dilemma… Continue Reading

Ricci v. DeStefano – Oral Argument Transcript Available Here

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

If only all trial and deposition transcripts happened this quickly…. The Supreme Court held oral argument in the Ricci v. DeStefano case earlier today. The transcript is now available here.  The Workplace Prof has the snap judgment which seems pretty on point from my initial scans: I’ve skimmed it enough to see that there’s a… Continue Reading