In this episode of S&C’s Critical Insights, Julie Jordan, Tracy Richelle High and Annie Ostrager, Co-Heads of S&C’s Labor and Employment Group, discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in two consolidated cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. The Court held that the schools’ admissions programs—both of which used race as an explicit factor in admissions decisions—violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in education.
Julie, Tracy and Annie examine pending employment and contracting cases that may be affected by the Court’s decision, cover related shareholder proposals and offer guidance for employers, including reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to examine whether any decisions are expressly based on race, gender or other protected classes.
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