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By Robert Belton,Stephen L. Wasby

On March eight, 1971, the splendid court docket of the USA determined a case, Griggs v. Duke energy Co., introduced by way of 13 African American staff who labored as universal employees and janitors at one among Duke Power's amenities. the choice, in plaintiffs' desire, marked a profound and enduring problem to the dominance of white men within the place of work. during this booklet, Robert Belton, who represented the plaintiffs for the NAACP criminal security Fund and argued the case within the reduce courts, offers a firsthand account of criminal background within the making—and a behind-the-scenes examine the hugely complicated technique of placing civil rights legislations to work.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 eradicated a lot blatant discrimination, yet after its enactment and prior to Griggs, companies held the view dedication to equality required simply getting rid of guidelines and practices that have been deliberately discriminator—the "disparate remedy" test.

In Griggs v. Duke energy Co., the ultimate courtroom governed "disparate impression" attempt can also apply—that the 1964 Civil Rights Act prolonged to practices with a discriminatory effect. In tracing the influence of the Griggs ruling on employment practices, this e-book records the delivery, maturation, dying, and rebirth of the disparate effect thought, together with its erosion through later ultimate court docket judgements and its recovery by means of congressional motion within the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Belton conducts us via this ancient case from the unique lawsuit to the superb courtroom choice in Griggs and past as he lines the post-Griggs advancements within the reduce courts, the perfect courtroom, and Congress; he presents expert insights into either litigators' and judges' views and decision-making. His paintings situates the case in its criminal, social, and historic contexts and explores the connection among private and non-private enforcement of the legislations, with a spotlight at the criminal security Fund's litigation crusade opposed to employment discrimination. a close exam of the improvement of criminal ideas less than identify VII, this ebook tells the tale of this seminal determination on equivalent employment legislations and provides an remarkable close-up view of private conviction, felony procedure, and historic forces combining to influence dramatic social change.

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