'Spillover': Supreme Court's affirmative action cases could affect the workplace next

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  • The affirmative action cases are among the highest profile before the Supreme Court this term.
  • The court has previously upheld affirmative action, though it has been a target of conservatives.
  • Decisions in the Harvard and University of North Carolina cases are expected next year.

WASHINGTON – Two pivotal affirmative action cases pending at the Supreme Court this term that deal with college admissions are being closely watched by private employers who fear a sweeping decision could undermine corporate diversity programs.

The high court will hear oral arguments Oct. 31 in challenges to the way Harvard University and the University of North Carolina consider race in their admissions processes. The lawsuits were filed by an anti-affirmative action group that asserts the policies discriminate against Asian Americans and white candidates. 

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