March 9, 2010

PLF Op-Ed in the Washington Times

By PLF Op-Ed in the Washington Times

Author: Joshua Thompson

My op-ed on the Lewis v. City of Chicago case ran in the Washington Times today.  Here is a snippet:

Government employers can take painstaking measures to craft tests that won't disadvantage anyone on the basis of race or ethnicity (Chicago, for instance, spent $5 million on that goal with its firefighters exam), but they still can't guarantee that an objective test will produce a "balanced" racial distribution among the top scorers.

So they're pressured to give up the quest for objectivity altogether. In a defensive effort to avoid disparate-impact lawsuits, cities and other government entities will skew their tests with a specific racial outcome in mind. Instead of designing questions to be race-neutral, they will develop race-conscious tests that put skin color above genuine job-related concerns.

You can read the whole piece here.

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