Ricci v. DeStefano
March 2, 2009
On February 26, the ACRU filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing that the Court should reverse the decisions below and hold that New Haven discriminated against Petitioners solely because of their race.
In 2003 the city of New Haven conducted a job-related, race-neutral promotion examination for firefighters, and then refused to promote the firefighters who ranked on top because they were all white or hispanic. The decision to not promote the firefighters was reached after an African-American political ally of the mayor threatened to sue under Title VII. The ACRU is arguing that the city of New Haven is engaging in intentional discrimination by refusing to promote Petitioners in order to avoid a potential lawsuit for unintentional discrimination, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.