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Piscataway Township Board of Education v. Taxman

Significance, Taxman Fights Dismissal On Racial Grounds, Court Of Appeals Ruling, Dissent And Aftermath


Picataway Township Board of Education


Sharon Taxman

Petitioner's Claim

That the Piscataway Board of Education's decision to dismiss a white teacher in order to keep a comparably qualified African American teacher on staff was valid under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

David B. Rubin

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Stephen E. Klausner

Justices for the Court

Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Edward R. Becker, Robert E. Cowen, Morton I. Greenberg, Carol Los Mansmann (writing for the Court), Richard Lowell Nygaard, Jane R. Roth, H. Lee Sarokin, Walter K. Stapleton

Justices Dissenting

Timothy K. Lewis, Theodore Alexander McKee, Anthony J. Scirica, Dolores K. Sloviter


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

14 May 1996


Piscataway Board of Education's action in dismissing Taxman was held to be a violation of her civil rights.

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