Civl rights group Sotomayor advised brought case similar to Connecticut firefighters’ dispute

Group Sotomayor belonged to sued over job tests

WASHINGTON — Newly available documents show that a civil rights group advised by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor brought several discrimination lawsuits in the 1980s that sought to scrap the results of job tests because too few Hispanics scored well.

The documents, put on the Senate Judiciary Committee Web site Friday, are likely to fuel Republican criticism of the judge.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund represented Hispanic sanitation workers in New York City who argued the tests unfairly disadvantaged minorities. The case unfolded as Sotomayor chaired the group’s board of directors’ litigation committee. There is no evidence she had a role in the decision to file participate in the lawsuits, or drafting any of the legal arguments.

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