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Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feeney
Citation:442 U.S. 256 (1979)
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Under the Massachusetts veterans’ preference statute, all veterans who qualify for state civil service positions must be considered for appointment ahead of any qualifying nonveterans. The preference operates overwhelmingly to the advantage of males. Ms. Feeney received the second highest score on a civil service examination for a job with the Board of Dental Examiners, but male veterans who had scored lower on the examination received the position.
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