The Iowa Supreme Court this morning issued a ruling that affirmed a district court ruling in favor of the state in a class-action suit alleging the state of Iowa's hiring practices unlawfully discriminated against African-Americans in violation of civil rights laws. In its opinion in Linda Pippin et al. v. State of Iowa et al., the justices ruled that the plaintiffs failed to disprove the district court's determination that the state's overall hiring process was capable of separation for analysis. The plaintiffs contended that the state's failure to enforce statutory and regulatory policies resulted in a disproportionate number of African-Americans being denied an equal opportunity for employment. The certified class included more than 5,000 African-Americans who held or had sought an executive branch position since July 2003.