4th Circuit Rules for Class Certification in Racial Discrimination Case

In Brown v. Nucor Corporation, the 4th Circuit reversed the district court on the question of class certification. Under Title VII, the plaintiffs had brought racial discrimination claims of disparate treatment and disparate impact with regard to promotion practices, as well as hostile work environment claims. The majority concluded that the plaintiffs could proceed with all of these claims as a class action becuase the requirements of Rule 23 had been met.