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United Steelworkers of America v. Weber

Significance, The Court Reverses, Is It 1984 Yet?, Impact, Related Cases, Civil Rights Act Of 1964


United Steelworkers of America


Brian Weber

Petitioner's Claim

That an affirmative action program implemented by Kaiser Aluminum, in voluntary agreement with the United Steelworkers, did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Michael E. Gottesman

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Michael R. Fontham

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist (Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and John Paul Stevens did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

27 June 1979


Maintained the legality of the affirmative action plan, and reversed the ruling of two lower courts, which had held that the plan violated Title VII.


Abraham, Henry J. and Barbara A. Perry. Freedom & The Court: Civil Rights & Liberties in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

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