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BREAKING: Second Circuit Allows Black Firefighter’s Suit Against New Haven To Proceed

Posted in Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

The Second Circuit today reinstated claims brought by a black firefighter against the City of New Haven alleging that he was unfairly denied promotion to the position of lieutenant because of the city’s scoring of a 2003 promotional exam.  (I covered the original lawsuit back in 2009 here.) The decision in Briscoe v. City of… Continue Reading

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

Plaintiffs in Ricci v. DeStefano Move to Disqualify District Court Judge

Posted in Litigation

The Ricci v. DeStefano case (now on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court) has vanished from the headlines, but the case is still kicking around as the courts and the parties attempt to fashion a remedy that fits with the judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. For some time now, however, the plaintiffs have made… Continue Reading

“If You Don’t Quit (and Sign a Release), You’re Fired”: Court Upholds Agreement; Says It Is Not “Undue Influence”

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

From time to time, employers are faced with a quandary: When an employee has not been following the rules, do I fire the employee straight up? Or do I give the employee an opportunity to resign first, and potentially sign a settlement agreement? Why might an employer do that? Well, it allows the employee to save face… 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

“If You Aren’t Using Social Media for Your Job Search or Recruiting, You Don’t Exist”

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

My thanks to the Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven for the invitation to speak to that group last week on the topic of social media and employment law.  HRAGNH is an affiliate of SHRM and with nearly 60 attendees, we had a packed house for the event. When I’ve given such talks in the… 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

Ricci v. DeStefano – Attorneys for Both Parties Put Their Spin on Decision & Its Impact for Employers

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

CORRECTED LINK Over 100 people packed the Grand Courtroom of the Quinnipiac University School of Law last night to hear a panel presentation and discussion on the Ricci v. DeStefano case decided earlier this year by the United States Supreme Court. The event, sponsored, in part by the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association,… 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 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

Ricci v. DeStefano – It’s Oral Argument Day; A Recap of Coverage

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Later this morning, the United States Supreme Court will hold oral argument on an important reverse discrimination case brought by a group of firefighters in New Haven, CT.  I’ve summarized the case in prior posts (including the latest here). This case, Ricci v. DeStefano, presents recurring issues regarding proper application of Title VII and the  Equal… Continue Reading

Ricci v. DeStefano – Supreme Court Ready to Hear Oral Argument

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment

Connecticut gets a rare day in the spotlight at the U.S. Supreme Court later this month when the case of Ricci v. DeStefano comes before the court for oral argument.   At issue for the court:  Whether municipalities may decline to certify results of an exam that would make disproportionately more white applicants eligible for… Continue Reading

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Consider New Haven Firefighters Case

Posted in Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to consider the case of New Haven, Connecticut firefighers who alleged reverse discrimination when the city denied them promotions despite high test scores, ostensibly out of fears that the test may have discriminated against minority applicants.   I’ve covered the case, Ricci v. DeStefano, previously here and here, and will post more… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Allows Employer to Throw Out Test Results That May Have Had Disparate Impact On African-Americans

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Laws and Regulations, Litigation

Ed: Updated to reflect newer posts and correct style There are many employment lawyers who subscribe to the belief that "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished".  A case out of Connecticut and the Second Circuit this month certainly won’t change that perception.  Indeed, although the case may have political undertones, it sets up a classic factual… Continue Reading

Mandatory Retirement Policies at Law Firms – The Trend in Connecticut

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

In representing clients, I have, on occasion, had a client make a honest inquiry about the federal laws regarding age discrimination. Their question is something along the lines of: If discriminating against age is against the law, why can law firms insist on mandatory retirement policies? The simple response is that partners at law firms… Continue Reading

Jury Awards New Haven City Worker $500k in Age and Reverse Race Discrimination Case

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

As one blogger posted over the weekend: Its tough to try employment cases around Christmas time. Just ask the City of New Haven. Late last week, a jury in the Superior Court jury awarded $500,000 to a man who was turned down for a job in the city public works department.  He never actually lost his… Continue Reading