Martin v. Wilks
Significance, Reverse Discrimination, Further Readings
Robert K. Wilks, et al.
John W. Martin, et al.
That less qualified African Americans were being promoted instead of more qualified caucasians.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Raymond P. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Robert D. Joffe, James P. Alexander
Justices for the Court
Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
12 June 1989
Caucasian firefighters not involved in previous civil rights litigation were allowed to claim that promotion decisions after the previous consent decrees were racially discriminatory.
- Firefighters v. Cleveland, 478 U.S. 501 (1986).
- Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education, 476 U.S. 267 (1986).
- Board of Education of the Township of Piscataway v. Taxman, 91 F.3d. 1547 (1996).
Constitutional Law, thirteenth edition. New York: The Foundation Press Inc.,1997.
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