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Supreme Court Sides With Black Firefighter Candidates in Testing Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of black applicants did not wait too long to sue the Chicago Fire Department over a hiring test they challenged as discriminatory.

The case involved a test used to weed out firefighter applicants. Anyone who scored 64 or below was deemed not qualified. But the city set a second cutoff score of 89 points. Officials told applicants who scored below 89 but above 64 that although they passed the test, they likely would not be hired because of the large number of people who scored 89 or above. Only 11 percent of those scoring 89 or more were black.

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