Good Guys Win One in Milwaukee

by Roger Clegg

In March 2012, I wrote about an ordinance in Milwaukee that enacted racial and gender preferences in the awarding of municipal contracts. One of the groups this law discriminated against — and this is by no means unprecedented, by the way — was Hispanics, and so they were among those challenging the law. Both the city and the company that did the “disparity study” supposedly justifying the preferences — which the plaintiffs alleged to be invalid — were sued. And the anti-preferences side has won. Under the settlement agreement, the preferences will be repealed and the plaintiffs will receive $115,000 in legal costs. A good result, and here’s hoping that other cities will learn from Milwaukee’s experience.

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