("Hogan"), a senior manager, conducted the hiring process for the Zone Manager
At the time the position was posted, Atlanta was one of the company's worst sites for
and pilferage of customers' packages. According to Hogan, FedEx was looking for
someone with significant experience, leadership ability, and ties to Atlanta to help correct
this situation. Hogan posted the job position, seeking internal applicants from within the
company, four times starting in December 1996. Each time, the posting included the
REQUIRES: BACHELOR'S DEGREE/EQUIVALENT. FIVE (5) YEARS
EXPERIENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OR CORPORATE SECURITY.
OF FAA SECURITY REGULATIONS AND LAWS, INVESTIGATIONS,
AND DETECTION/ALARM SYSTEMS. REQUIRED TRAVEL 30-40%. MUST
HOLD OR BE
ABLE TO HOLD A SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE. STRONG BASIC
HUMAN RELATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS.
Four white candidates, all of whom had been with FedEx longer than the candidate who
was eventually selected, were rejected after responding to the first three postings.
Price applied for the position after the fourth posting in June, 1997. To assist in the
application process, Price's manager wrote an interoffice memorandum on his behalf,
stating that he would waive any length of service requirement for Price, given his short
tenure in his present position as a Security Specialist III. Hogan selected three candidates
to interview, including Price. An interview panel, comprised of two senior managers in
addition to Hogan, including one black manager, interviewed the three applicants.
Price unquestionably met the requirements for the position as posted. First, Price had a