I spoke with Judy Greenwald of Business Insurance magazine regarding the case and she published a pair of articles featuring a quote from that conversation.
First, in Black Firefighter Applicants Can Sue Chicago: Court; and then, in High Court Lowers Bar on Discrimination Suits:
Philip K. Miles III, an associate with State College, Pa.-based McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law, said the ruling "should serve as a reminder to employers that they need to look at their practices, even if they've been using them for years, to make sure they're not having a disparate impact now."I think that is the main takeaway for employers: assess your practices for disparate impact.
This week I have a few more posts on Lewis planned. Specifically: Combining Lewis and Ricci (last year's famous white New Haven firefighters case ); and explaining why Lewis and Ledbetter (controversial case that spawned the Fair Pay Act) are consistent.
Posted by Philip Miles, an employment lawyer with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania.