The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on a landmark civil rights case that could set the legal precedent for how to bring civil cases against people in the workplace who commit workplace discrimination.
The court is expected to rule in a matter of days whether a California man, Andrew Karp, should be awarded damages for his alleged employment discrimination, saying he was fired for a “disorderly” act of domestic violence.
In a statement on Friday, the justices said they expected to issue their decision on the case soon, but they were not sure when.
Karp, 47, who is black, sued his former employer, The National Federation of Independent Business, over his employment in 2014.
He claimed he was retaliated against for working in the same workplace as a white male co-worker, who was also black.
The case was filed by Karp’s mother, who said her son had been “frequently fired” and “feared for his life” and was also discriminated against on the basis of race, sex and disability.
The California court is the only court that can hear a civil case against employers.
The justices also have the power to declare a matter to be moot and not to rule on whether an employment discrimination claim is valid.
If the court rules against Karp in the case, he will not be able to seek any damages from the business he sued, but will still have the right to pursue the case in court.
“It is unfortunate that the federal court will be making the final ruling on a case that has been before us for more than 40 years,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in a statement.
“But this case, while difficult, is not about race.
It is about discrimination.”
In a case involving a man fired for being a gay man in a California high school, the Supreme Court found that discrimination was not illegal because the employer had the right not to fire him.
The high court said the employment discrimination claims were based on the fact that the employer could not fire him because he was gay.
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The National Organization for Marriage, which the court will decide on Friday afternoon, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, said it did not find discrimination was illegal.