Justices to rule in Iowa class-action bias case


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to reinstate a class-action lawsuit claiming the Iowa executive branch has systematically discriminated against black job applicants.

Current and former black applicants contend that state agencies have favored whites in decisions on who to interview and hire for decades. Their case is based on statistics that suggest blacks received fewer interviews, and jobs than whites at some agencies and social science research contending that Americans subtly favor whites over blacks.

A judge dismissed the case two years ago, finding the plaintiffs didn’t prove their case.

The high court’s ruling is scheduled to be released Friday. Justices have taken 10 months to deliberate after oral arguments, which is unusually long and suggests there may be deep divisions on the court.

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