Iowa judge rejects suit claiming blacks suffered 'implicit bias' in state hiring

A major class-action suit claiming blacks in Iowa were being denied state jobs due to a new type of prejudice -- "implicit bias" -- was rejected Tuesday morning by an Iowa judge. An appeal is expected. Pippen v. State of Iowa was a closely watched case that potentially could have affected minority hiring well beyond Iowa. However, District Judge Robert Blink's 56-page ruling concluded that plaintiffs had failed to offer evidence of racial bias "required in discrimination cases by state and federal law," according to the Des Moines Register. Discrimination claims included that the number of blacks in state jobs failed to reflect, in percentage terms, the number in the state. "Blacks represented 2.9 percent of the state's population in 2010 and 2.4 percent of the state workforce despite applying for state jobs more often, statistics show," noted the Associated Press. Providing background on the case, the Des Moines Register explained: Attorneys for the...(Read Full Post)