The Justice Department is taking legal action against Yale University for allegedly discriminating against white applicants, alleging that the Ivy League school failed to hire enough minority faculty members in recent years.
The department is suing Yale for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act.
The allegations are contained in a 13-page letter to Yale dated Monday.
“In a country founded on the promise of equal opportunity, Yale has committed a series of blatantly unlawful acts that deny access to equal opportunity to qualified white applicants seeking to earn a college degree,” the letter says.
Yale is one of a handful of elite universities singled out in the letter from Assistant Attorney General Sue Price. It says Yale, along with the other universities named in the letter, engaged in a pattern or practice of refusing to hire “qualified” white candidates for faculty jobs in recent years, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.