An organization of black conservatives is praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that demands specific evidence in racial discrimination claims.
In a unanimous decision announced March 23, the high court ruled against media mogul Byron Allen, who had sued cable giant Comcast after it refused to distribute his stations, USA Today reported.
The ruling kicked the appeal back to a lower court for review.
Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network, says the ruling informed Allen that he must identify the behavior that led to the rejected contract if he is going to claim it happened due to bigotry or racial discrimination.
“The court said, We're not going to let you inundate our judicial system with these kinds of claims. I'm very proud of them,” Cooper says. “And I'd only like to see this concept expand much further into other cases as well involving discrimination."
The decision sends the case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for rehearing with the new standard in use, which means Allen must prove that race was the determining factor over the contracts.