Discrimination Against Women And Minorities Essay

1579 Words Nov 20th, 2016 7 Pages
In Santa Clara County, California the transportation agency implemented an affirmative-action plan to tackle the historical patterns of discrimination against women and minorities. By implementing affirmative action, this allowed the agency to take into consideration gender when making promotions to positions. In the past, the transportation agency’s pattern traditionally segregated job classification in which women had been significantly underrepresented. The division of road-maintenance workers had a considerable underrepresentation of female workers. One out of 110 employees in the division was female. Diane Joyce application for the position of road dispatcher was classified as a road maintenance worker. The agency promoted Joyce in agreement with the bylaws of the affirmative action plan With that said, Paul Johnson, however, had a slightly higher score based on his qualifications and interview. Johnson sued, the court addressed the allegations of whether promoting a female candidate under a voluntary affirmative action plan was in violation. The claim pointed that promoting a female over a male by using gender as a decisive criterion in making hiring decisions was not permissible under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e et seq.4. Johnson alleging that the transportation agency had violated his rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, by offering the job to a less qualified employee…

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