Workplace Discrimination Case Study
Discrimination in the workplace leads to more than just a bad day at the office. It takes a toll on a person’s entire wellbeing; feelings of rejection, low self worth, humiliation, feelings of isolation, anger, fear, loss of motivation, and long term depression. Its imperative employees seek legal help sooner, rather than later. There are time constraints to gather evidence and file a claim that intentional discrimination occurred in the workplace. Throughout this paper we intend to uncover the prohibited forms of discrimination in the workplace, and how to establish a prima facie case showing intentional discrimination occurred.
Supreme Court Redefines Workplace Discrimination On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court narrowed the …show more content…
It’s imperative employees speak to their equal employment opportunity (EEO) office if they feel they are intentionally being discriminated against because the lines between benign and necessary and cruel and unfair can get very fuzzy.
Proving Intentional Discrimination
Intentional discrimination must present a reasonable likelihood of targeting a specific group for discrimination by setting an unfair standard for employment. In most legal proceedings, the employee has the burden of proof, which requires him or her to present prima facie evidence proving the following four elements.
Element one He or she belongs to a protected class. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents discrimination in public workplaces and states a person may not be discriminated against due to age, pregnancy, national origin, race, ethnic background, religious beliefs, or sexual …show more content…
I believe she has a viable case because she meets all four elements to prove a prima facie case. She belongs to two of the protected classes in that she is an African American woman. She applied for a job in which she could prove she was qualified. She may not have had the years of experience but she was able to prove she still met all the required qualifications of the position. She was not selected for the position and the employer selected and promoted the only white male employee that had applied for the position. With all five elements in her favor, I believe she has a very strong prima facie case. This case is actually still in progress and I’m very interested to see what will