Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Discrimination Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a class-action lawsuit claiming state agencies have systematically discriminated against black job applicants.

Current and former black applicants had argued that state agencies for decades have favored whites in interview and hiring decisions. The case was based on statistics that suggest blacks received fewer interviews and jobs than whites at some agencies and social science research contending that Americans subtly favor whites over blacks.

District Judge Robert Blink dismissed the case two years ago, finding the plaintiffs didn't prove their allegations. All seven justices agreed Friday that Blink's decision should stand.

Justice Brent Appel said the plaintiffs failed to challenge specific employment practices as discriminatory and failed to prove that the state's recordkeeping was so incomplete to analyze for bias.

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