Melissa O'Donnell9-8-10JLS-535“Gender-Neutral Classifications”Personnel Adm’r of Massachusetts v. Feeney442 U.S. 256, 99 S.Ct. 2282, 60 L.Ed.2d 870Supreme Court of the United StatesFacts: Appellee Feeney worked as a state employee for 12 years, during which she excelled in various competitive civil service examinations for better jobs but was consistently ranked below male veterans with lower scores as a result of the Massachusetts veterans’ preference statute. The appelle acknowledged that though the statute is neutral on it’s face and was intended to be so, it has a resulting effect of discriminating against women because veterans are overwhelmingly male. As a result, she challenged the Massachusetts statute on the grounds that it discriminates against women in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14thAmendment. A three-judge panel found the statute unconstitutional, but it was later remanded for further judgment
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Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Massachusetts