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Pattern-and-Practice Cases

Learn the legal theories and evidentiary requirements for collective disparate-treatment claims, also known as pattern-and-practice cases.


A national sporting-goods company attended hiring fairs in several cities across the country. The company received applications from many qualified Black workers, but virtually all its new hires were White. A group of Black applicants believed that the company deliberately and routinely practiced race discrimination in hiring. How might they proceed collectively against the company?

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