January 24, 2015

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that statements concerning whether a potential employee is a “good fit” for a particular job are not necessarily legitimate non-discriminatory statements capable of protecting an employer from a discrimination suit. Frederick Abrams, an African American law enforcement officer, brought such a claim, specifically under Title VII and the Equal Protection Clause, against the Connecticut Department of Public Safety (DPS). Abrams, a member of the force since 1986, asserted management’s continual failure to promote him to an “elite mobile investigations unit” (known as, “the Van”) w...

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