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griggs v duke power company

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Will Boas Griggs v Duke Power Company Griggs filed a suit representing him and a number of African-American employees against the Duke Power Company. Griggs challenged the company’s inside transfer policy that required employees who want to work in a department outside the Labor Department to achieve a minimum score on two aptitude tests as well as graduate high school. Griggs claim was that this policy was discriminatory towards the black employees of the company, violating Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Federal District court dismissed the claim, ruling that the discrimination had ceased. The Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s decision. The case reached the Supreme Court by Writ of Certiori. Was the employer prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, from requiring a high
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Unformatted text preview: school education or passing of a standardized general intelligence test as a condition of employment or to transfer to a different department outside the Labor Department? The court ruled unanimously that the policy of the Duke Power Company violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The purpose of Title VII was to achieve equality of employment opportunities among races. The standardized testing policy was preventing many African American employees from being hired and getting promoted internally within the company to departments outside of the Labor Department, the lowest paying department. Neither the two aptitude tests nor high school graduation intended to measure an employee’s ability to perform a job in the company. The true purpose of the policy was to give whites job preferences over blacks....
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