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.
What to read next
PLF asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that there is no “legislative exception” to the unconstitutional conditions doctrine
It seems that some governments and courts prefer to treat Supreme Court precedent as an option, rather than a requirement. The Supreme Court has ruled—twice—that it’s unconstitutional for government to … ›