Brad Edwards has a reputation as a tough, if not downright nasty, lawyer.
But a New York court ruled Monday that he’s not alone.
The court ruled that he did not have to prove discrimination or retaliation in his claim that his employer refused to hire him because of his race.
The case came in August, when Edwards was on the verge of filing a discrimination claim after he and a co-worker were denied promotions to higher-ranking positions because of their race.
Edwards was also suing his employer, the Manhattan-based firm Perkins Coie.
The suit was dropped by the judge in January, saying the plaintiff was a “federal employee.”
On Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned that ruling, saying that Perkins Coies decision was not a “clear and unambiguous” determination that the firm’s decision to deny Edwards promotions was motivated by his race.
“Our decision is that there was no discrimination, and therefore the case did not present a clear and unambiguously public question of discrimination,” Judge Thomas C. O’Neill wrote in his 5-1 ruling.
The decision was the first of its kind in the U.K., according to legal experts.
It was not immediately clear whether the U-turn would affect other U.I. lawsuits.