Workplace Discrimination 1
Workplace Discrimination: Does it still exist?
Steve has worked in his restaurant as a server for four years. David is the general manager of the restaurant and his two assistant managers are Dan and Paul. Jennifer is a server in the restaurant and has the same skills and experience as Steve. All five of these employees range between the ages of 19 and 30. One day, Steve starts to notice that his hours are getting cut and that it seems that Jennifer has twice the amount of hours as him. In addition, there are other female employees in the same age range that are less experienced and have less time in the company as Steve that are also getting more hours. When Steve mentions this to each of his managers, the general response that he receives is “beautiful young women make better servers.” Despite the standards set by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation (in some states and cities), or national origin, workplace bias still exists everywhere you look. Examples of states that go even further with discrimination laws are Michigan (height and weight), New Jersey (domestic partner status, HIV/AIDS status) and California (medical status). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency that enforces discrimination laws and works on behalf of employees who believe that have been discriminated against on the job. In 2006, the Associated Press reported that Sheila White, who was employed with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Memphis, Tennessee, received a unanimous vote that affirmed an award given to her by a jury in a sexual discrimination lawsuit. White was
Workplace Discrimination 2
improperly suspended without pay over a Christmas holiday and upon returning to work, she was transferred to a new position that required more physical labor. According to the Associated Press, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, “that...