The Supreme Court rejected a reverse discrimination claim in which a female employee was promoted over a white male employee who was judged slightly more qualified.
In United Steelworkers of America v. Weber
The Court rejected Johnson’s claim by a 6-3 vote. Speaking for the majority, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.,
In the 1990’s there was a strong movement against the continuing use of gender and race preferences in employment. In 1997 the Court refused to consider a challenge to California’s constitutional amendment prohibiting such preferences. Nevertheless, the Johnson decision continued to be good law except in states with constitutional prohibitions against preferences.
Civil Rights Acts
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