Supp., at 850. * We agree with the Court of Appeals that absence of a Commission finding of reasonable cause cannot bar suit under an appropriate section of Title VII and that the District Judge erred in dismissing respondent's claim of racial discrimination under § 703(a)(1). In this case respondent, the complainant below, charges that he was denied employment 'because of his involvement in civil rights activities' and 'because of his race and color. Petitioner, therefore, requests that the judgment below be vacated and the cause remanded with instructions that the judgment of the District Court be affirmed. The critical issue before us concerns the order and allocation of proof in a private, non-class action challenging employment discrimination. In the absence of such a finding, petitioner's refusal to rehire must stand. The broad, overriding interest, shared by employer, employee, and consumer, is efficient and trustworthy workmanship assured through fair and racially neutral employment and personnel decisions. 409 U.S. 792, 799] U.S. 792, 797]. It dealt with standardized testing devices which, however neutral on their face, operated to exclude many blacks who were capable of performing effectively in the desired positions. 401 72-490 Argued: March 28, 1973 Decided: May 14, 1973. Petitioner turned down respondent, basing its rejection on respondent's participation in the 'stall-in' and 'lock-in.' Plaintiff's car was towed away by the police, and he was arrested for obstructing traffic. Jones v. Lee Way Motor Freight, Inc., 431 F.2d 245 (CA10 1970); Blumrosen, Strangers in Paradise: Griggs v. Duke Power Co., and the Concept of Employment Discrimination, 71 Mich. L. Rev. 318 F. Supp. 463 F.2d 337. 3. Accordingly, we remand the case for trial of respondent's claim of racial discrimination consistent with the views set forth below. Here petitioner has assigned respondent's participation in unlawful conduct against it as the cause for his rejection. 72-490. The court ordered the case remanded for trial of respondent's claim under § 703(a)(1). Following unsuccessful EEOC conciliation efforts, respondent brought suit in the District Court, which ruled that respondent's illegal activity was not protected by 704 (a) and dismissed the 703 (a) (1) claim because the EEOC had made no finding with respect thereto. In a private, non-class-action complaint under Title VII charging racial employment discrimination, the complainant has the burden of establishing a prima facie case, which he can satisfy by showing that (i) he belongs to a racial minority; (ii) he applied and was qualified for a job the employer was trying to fill; (iii) though qualified, he was rejected; and (iv) thereafter the employer continued to seek applicants with complainant's qualifications. The Supreme Court, in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792 (1973), and Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989), addressed the burdens of proof and persuasion that apply to a plaintiffâs claim that he was discriminated against âbecause ofâ an â¦ American Trading and Production Corp. v. Shell Int'l Marine Ltd.453 F.2d 939 (2d Cir. 18 The 'lock-in' occurred during a picketing demonstration by ACTION, a civil rights organization, at the entrance to a downtown office building which housed a part of petitioner's offices and in which certain of petitioner's employees were working at the time. . The District Court may, for example, determine, after reasonable discovery that 'the (racial) composition of defendant's labor force is itself reflective of restrictive or exclusionary practices.' The Commission itself does not consider the absence of a 'reasonable cause' determination as providing employer immunity from similar charges in a federal court, 29 CFR § 1601.30, and the courts of appeal have held that, in view of the large volume of complaints before the Commission and the nonadversary character of many of its proceedings, 'court actions under Title VII are de novo proceedings and . He was also the plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case McDonnell Douglas Corp v. Green. Respondent also contested the legality of his 1964 discharge by petitioner, but both courts held this claim barred by the statute of limitations. Nothing in Title VII compels an employer to absolve and rehire one who has engaged in such deliberate, unlawful activity against it. Willis v. Cleco Corp., 749 F. 3d 314 (5th Cir. 411 U.S. 792, 802â805 (1973). In sum, respondent should have been allowed to pursue his claim under 703 (a) (1). The District Court held, inter alia, that respondents had not proved a case of discrimination under McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U. S. 792, and that petitioner's hiring practices were justified as a "business necessity" in that they were required for the safe â¦ A petition for rehearing en banc was denied by an evenly divided Court of Appeals. We think that this suffices to discharge petitioner's burden of proof at this stage and to meet respondent's prima facie case of discrimination. Griggs was rightly concerned that childhood deficiencies in the education and background of minority citizens, resulting from forces beyond their control, not be allowed to work a cumulative and invidious burden on such citizens for the remainder of their lives. [ He had engaged in a seriously disruptive act against the very one from whom he now seeks employment. [411 Footnote 13 Jones v. Lee Way Motor Freight, Inc., 431 F.2d 245 (CA10 1970); Blumrosen, Strangers in Paradise: Griggs v. Duke Power Co., and the Concept of Employment Discrimination, 71 Mich.L.Rev. 1975) case opinion from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri This may be done by showing (i) that he belongs to a racial minority; (ii) that he applied and was qualified for a job for which the employer was seeking applicants; (iii) that, despite his qualifications, he was rejected; and (iv) that, after his rejection, the position remained open and the employer continued to seek applicants from persons of complainant's qualifications.13 In the instant case, we agree with the Court of Appeals that respondent proved a prima facie case. Id., at 430. The court concluded that nothing in Title VII or 704 protected "such activity as employed by the plaintiff in the `stall in' and `lock in' demonstrations." 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