Judge Okays Discrimination Class Action Suit Against State

In an earlier post I discussed a state court judge’s consideration of a new U.S. Supreme Court decision’s impact on a long-pending class action lawsuit against the State of Iowa.

The ruling, written by Judge Robert Blink, noted an agreement between the parties that severed many of the discrimination claims so they could be tried with after the upcoming bench trial.  Per the parties’ agreement, the trial this month should focus  on statistics concerning the hiring rate for blacks by the state.

“Their protestations not withstanding, defendants seem to be backpedaling from their agreement to the class certification and seem to seek to decertify the class on the eve of trial,” Blink wrote.

Here’s a link to the Des Moines Register story about Judge Blink’s decision: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110903/NEWS/309030036/Judge-lets-bias-lawsuit-against-Iowa-proceed

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