No. 74-728.

424 U.S. 747 (1976)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 24, 1976.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Morris J. Baller argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit III, Barry L. Goldstein, Eric Schnapper, John R. Myer, and Elizabeth R. Rindskopf.

William M. Pate argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent Bowman Transportation Co., Inc.

Michael H. Gottesman argued the cause for respondent United Steelworkers of America. With him on the joint briefs for this respondent and for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations as amicus curiae urging reversal were Elliot Bredhoff, Robert M. Weinberg, Bernard Kleiman, Carl Frankel, Jerome A. Cooper, James W. Dorsey, J. Albert Woll, and Laurence Gold.*

MR. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case presents the question whether identifiable applicants who were denied employment because of race after the effective date and in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 253, as amended, 42 U. S. C. § 2000e et seq. (1970 ed. and Supp. IV), may be awarded seniority status retroactive to the dates of their employment applications...

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