When Ty Hyderally began to study law he found the area of employment law intriguing. The more he studied, the more fascinated he became and he chose to concentrate on this area of practicing law. It did not take long for him to become one of the premier employment law attorneys in the New Jersey area. He has many years of experience in successful litigation. Besides his law practice Mr. Hyderally also speaks to various groups regarding employment law. He hopes to keep employers aware of recent changes in the laws including discrimination. In this way he protects both employees as well as employers. One such case that helped shape terms of racial discrimination is Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education.
Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education
In 1985 this case was brought before the Supreme Court. The Jackson Board of Education layoff policy established that seniority was protection against lay-off. But their policy also stated that the percentage of minority teachers had to remain the same overall. This meant that some white teachers were laid off even though they had more seniority than other minority teachers.
Wendy Wygant, who was a white teacher, took legal action and the case was first heard in the Federal District Court. The District Court’s ruling was in favor of the Board of Education. Their claim was that the minority teachers deserved preference to help offset social discrimination.
The Supreme Court came to a decision in 1986 and reversed the ruling of the District Court stating that the Board of Education’s policy could not infringe on the rights of other innocent people. These types of decisions when used for hiring purposes are not intrusive on the rights of innocent people, but using it for deciding who is laid off from a job is.