Essay on The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

881 Words Jul 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Background Facts The Transportation Agency, Santa Clara, California recognized sexual disparity within their workforce, and constructed a well-designed voluntary affirmative action program, specifically created to remedy this problem. Afterwards, the company promoted Diane Joyce to the position of road dispatcher over a similarly qualified candidate, Paul Johnson. As part of their affirmative action plan, the agency took the sex of both applicants into consideration when making the decision to promote Ms. Joyce. Mr. Johnson filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that he was the victim of discrimination on the basis of sex, and was denied a promotion accordingly. At issue was, did the Agency’s decision to take the sex of the applicants as a factor into consideration for promotion, violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? The case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court starting Nov 12, 1986, and decided in favor of The Transportation Agency on Mar 24, 1987, by a 6-3 majority.
The Court 's Decision I believe that the court made the correct decision in this case. The consenting justices noted multiple factors relevant to the defendant’s position that women were not fairly represented commensurate to the area labor market, as well as the Agency’s desire to voluntarily conform to the “objectives of the law”(Bennett-Alexander, p.255), which I believe helped to sway the opinion of the court. Some of the…

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