ERIC Number: ED253611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Towards an Understanding of Stotts. United States Commission on Civil Rights Clearinghouse Publication 85.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This document examines a major civil rights decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Firefighters Local Union No. 1784 v. Stotts (1984). The decision is examined for its importance in determining the extent to which seniority systems may or must be overridden as part of court-ordered relief to remedy discrimination in employment, and also for its effect on a trial court's remedial authority over hiring and promotion. The document: (1) provides a case summary, including details of concurring opinions of Justices O'Connor and Stevens and the dissenting opinion of Justice Blackmun; (2) presents the complete text of the Stotts decision; (3) discusses the significance of the Stotts decision for the scope of consent decrees, for layoffs, seniority and merit systems and preferential relief, and for judicial relief in hiring and promotion; (4) presents a statement of the United States Commission on Civil Rights concerning the Detroit Police Department's Racial Promotion Quota; and (6) presents a statement of the United States Commission on Civil Rights concerning the Stotts decision. The document also includes the concurring and dissenting statements of individual Commissioners and an exchange concerning the Stotts decision that was previously printed in "The New York Times." (RDN)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII