CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 12, 1984
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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling upholding employers' right to lay off workers based on seniority rather than adherence to affirmative action plan reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Case before court noted involving Memphis, Tennessee, fire department's policy of seniority versus affirmative action; opinion of Justice Byron White quoted on screen. Legal implications of decision for affirmative action quotas used in hiring and promotion considered. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) executive director Benjamin HOOKS, NOW president Judy GOLDSMITH - feel ruling will adversely affect progress of women and minorities in the workplace.] [Justice Department spokesperson William Bradford REYNOLDS - is pleased.]
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Don Juhlin
(Memphis, Tennessee) Background to Memphis firefighters' suit reviewed. [Dist. chief Carl STOTTS - fears affirmative action is permanently gone.] [Union attorney Allen BLAIR - denies suit was anti-black or anti-affirmative action.] [Firefighters Steve ROBERTS, Terrold BILBREW - offer different reactions to ruling.] [STOTTS - believes race relations in department are at all-time low.]
REPORTER: Jim McManus