Johnson v. Santa Clara County Transportation Agency

This 1987 decision expanded the Court’s protection of affirmative action programs to ones benefiting women. The Court ruled that the county agency did not violate civil rights laws by taking the female employee’s sex into account and promoting her over male employee with a higher test score. By doing so, the court upheld the county’s affirmative action plan directing that sex or race be considered for purpose of remedying under representation of women and minorities in traditionally segregated job categories.


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