The opinion could open the litigation floodgates, according to business groups that argued against the case brought by 6,000 black applicants who sought jobs as firefighters for the city of
The case is Lewis v. Chicago.
A matter of timing
The central question in the case, which stretches back 15 years, was about timing. In July 1995, the Chicago Fire Department administered an employment test that it now acknowledges was biased against black applicants. It divided the candidates into three groups: “well qualified” (those who scored 89 and above), “qualified” (6...(register to read more)