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Abbigail Hjerpe - The EEOC and Workplace Discrimination 1 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSIONS WEEK 7 Abbigail Hjerpe The EEOC and Workplace

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The EEOC and Workplace Discrimination 1 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSIONS WEEK 7 Abbigail Hjerpe The EEOC and Workplace Discrimination DeVry University Online Cultural Diversity in the Professions Dr. Peter Conis June 18, 2011
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The EEOC and Workplace Discrimination 2 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSIONS WEEK 7 Discrimination in the workplace is unfair treatment where the employee sufferers as a result of gender, race, origin, among other protected features. There are multiple areas in workplace discrimination that can be affected if an employer is discriminative such as promotions, job training, hiring, and even firing (NA, 2006, Workplace Discrimination). Discrimination is something that can haunt people not only the employers but also the employees. Discrimination can haunt the employers because if they do not treat their employees with respect they can find a lawsuit on their hands and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission knocking at their door. Employees can be haunted by discrimination because they know no matter how hard they work and how far they get they are stuck because many employers who discriminate will not give them the promotions they deserve, or the training they need, or the satisfaction that should already be theirs. Discrimination is an injustice and unfair work problem that needs to be resolved and by resolving this problem equality is achieved. It all begins in a company that Maria is working at. Maria is the only female working in her department and she also is the only Latina in her department. Maria was passed up for a promotion recently and she believes that it is because she is a female, she is of a Latina ancestry, and because she has a distinctive accent. Maria has a graduate degree and she has been with her current company for ten years and in her current position for seven years. Maria feels as though the employee that did get promoted into the position she felt she deserved was due to the fact that he was like their supervisors. He is a white male and they can relate to him but not to her. Maria also feels as though she would have been promoted if not for her lower evaluations. The lower evaluations are due to a built-in-bias from her white male supervisors. Also on behalf of Maria’s
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The EEOC and Workplace Discrimination 3 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSIONS WEEK 7 accent she was told by her supervisor that she was not being promoted due to the fear that the clients would have trouble understanding her accent. Maria alleges that the company is engaging in discriminatory practices. Instead of promoting Maria the company promoted Alex. Alex also has a graduate’s degree also but he has less time either with the job or in the position compared to Maria. Alex has better job evaluations than Maria does and he is considered to be an “up and comer” in the company. The company feels as though Maria is a good employee but she is often loud and aggressive in her approach to co-workers and supervisors. The company recognizes that in the
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Abbigail Hjerpe - The EEOC and Workplace Discrimination 1 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSIONS WEEK 7 Abbigail Hjerpe The EEOC and Workplace

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