Affirmative Action Measure Struck Down

A federal judge struck down a “set-aside” measure in Cook County that required at least 40 percent of county construction contracts go to women- and minority-owned businesses. The judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional, violating the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The judge stated that he found no evidence of discrimination in construction contracts in Chicago. Similar programs intended to bring more women and minorities into male- and white-dominated contracts have been struck down in Miami, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Denver.


New York Times - November 3, 2000

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