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January 23, 2015

Oral argument held in Shea v. Kerry

On Tuesday of this week I was in Washington, D.C. arguing Shea v. Kerry before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  This case involves a challenge to the State Department’s discriminatory affirmative action program for Foreign Service officers.  The facts of the case are, unfortunately, fairly common.  The Foreign Service was giving prefer ...

August 08, 2014

Bringing sanity back to Title VII

This morning PLF filed this Reply Brief in Shea v. Kerry, a case where we are representing Foreign Service officer William Shea in his fight against the US Department of State.  When William Shea was hired by the State Department in the early 1990s, they had a program that placed minority individuals in advanced  positions by virtue of their ...

March 11, 2014

Fighting to restore Title VII — Shea v. Kerry

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an historic piece of legislation.  The statute  prohibits racial discrimination in employment:  The text of Title VII is explicit: It shall be unlawful to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his ...

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