Schools illegally suspended students to comply with feds’ disparate-impact mandate?

A few months ago, I wrote about the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would apply disparate-impact theory to schools’ discipline policies. According to the Administration, a school presumably violates multiple federal laws if it punishes students of any particular race … Continue reading

Support for disparate-impact doctrine is based on misconceptions

While support for racial preferences is declining across all demographics, disparate-impact theory continues to grow. Attorney General Eric Holder recently reaffirmed the Obama Administration’s commitment to the doctrine when speaking at Morgan State University. If Americans are staunchly opposed to … Continue reading

Racial preferences are set for extinction

Over the past year, advocates of racial preferences have suffered so many setbacks that racial preferences are becoming extinct. … Continue reading

Forced union fees should end

The government’s days of forcing non-union members to pay union fees are likely numbered.  A few weeks ago, I discussed two pending cases challenging such fees and I explained that such fees amount to compelled speech.  This post explains why … Continue reading

Unequal pay?

There’s been a lot of high-profile talk about equality lately.  President Barack Obama has been trying to make political hay by railing against unequal pay between the sexes, and former President Jimmy Carter recently expressed similar sentiment in a speech. … Continue reading

PLF opposes racial discrimination by community college

A community college recently planned a “happy hour” event about diversity.  The college sent an e-mail about the event to all of the college’s staff members – and the e-mail explained that white people were not invited. The administration of … Continue reading

PLF voices support for solutions to water crisis

Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys represent some of the farmers in San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell who are challenging the Delta smelt biological opinion as an abuse of federal power based on questionable science and shoddy regulatory procedures. … Continue reading

Effort to reinstate racial preferences puts affirmative action into new light

An effort to reinstate affirmative action in California highlights the paradigm shift that is happening with respect to the purposes and effects of affirmative action.  The affirmative-action paradigm is that affirmative action allows universities to admit racial/ethnic minorities over more-deserving … Continue reading

Compelled union dues are compelled speech

The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Harris v. Quinn, an important compelled-speech case. This case challenges Illinois’ classification as “state employees” of all home health-care workers that receive reimbursements from the government’s Medicaid program. As a … Continue reading

Lawsuit seeks to empower schools to fire bad teachers

Should California’s schools be able to fire ineffective teachers? This is the subject of Vergara v. California, which asks the court to declare unconstitutional several California laws that hinder schools’ ability to fire ineffective teachers. For example, one challenged law … Continue reading