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Firefighters Local Union No. v. Stotts (1784 )

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Firefighters Local Union No. 1784


Carl W. Stotts, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

That a court-ordered injunction resulting in a layoff plan which protected African American employees from layoffs and took precedence over a previous policy of "first hired, last fired" was inappropriate.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Richard B. Fields

Chief Lawyer for Respondents

Allen S. Blair

Justices for the Court

Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

6 December 1983


That a court-ordered injunction against a policy which laid off those firefighters with least seniority before those with most seniority, in order to save the jobs of African American firefighters, was inappropriate.

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  • Johnson v. Transportation Agency of Santa Clara County, 480 U.S. 616 (1987).
  • Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co., 488 U.S. 469 (1989).

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