Civil Rights Cases in The Supreme Court Spotlight

Monday marks the second half of the Supreme Court’s annual term.  When the Court took the bench in October, no one expected it to be such an important term for civil rights.  Here’s a quick list of questions the Court will hear:

On the Docket

– Whether an employer can disregard the results of a promotion exam because it produced too many qualified applicants of one race and not enough of another.  Read more.

– Whether the DOJ may still oversee electoral law changes based on states’ history of bias after the election of an African-American president.  Read more.

– Whether Arizona complies with federal regulations to adequately provide English-language classes for non-native speakers.  Read more.


Market Watch reports Stanford University law professor Jeffrey Fisher’s comments that with Democrats controlling the White House and Congress, the Court might come out on the side of conservatism.

Bloggers point out that the court expanded civil rights protections in its decision in Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson City in finding that antiretaliation clause of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects to both “an employee who speaks out about discrimination not on her own initiative, but in answering questions during an employer’s internal investigation.” 

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