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United Steelworkers of America v. Weber (1979)

Definition - What does United Steelworkers of America v. Weber (1979) mean?

United Steelworkers of America v. Weber (1979) is a court case regarding civil rights and Affirmative Action, which made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 1979. The outcome of this case was that the Supreme Court decided that the United Steelworkers of America were allowed to give preferential treatment to women and minorities under the terms of the Affirmative Action Program.

Justipedia explains United Steelworkers of America v. Weber (1979)

In this case, a white steel worker named Brian Weber sued United Steelworkers of America for giving preferential treatment to minorities when it came to promotion. Weber argued that it was reverse discrimination. However, the Affirmative Action Program allowed employers to give preferential treatment to minorities in order to correct the imbalances in the workforce due unfair laws before the Civil Rights Act. For this reason, the Supreme Court ruled against Weber in 1979.

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