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Unformatted text preview: lly, there are seemingly race-neutral actions taken by employers that end up producing
racially inequitable outcomes. Often, these are explained as “legitimate” industry
procedures or norms that are hard to challenge because they are time honored. But the
outcome data are revealing.
The following example presents data from a sample of a large study done regarding racial
disparities in corporate ﬁring practices during the recession of the early 1990s; nearly ﬁve
hundred ﬁrms were included in this study. It shows that the net job loss for black workers
was disproportionately high compared to that for white workers. This case is instructive
because the rationales for the job cuts—standard downsizing, last hired-ﬁrst ﬁred,
subcontracting of noncore tasks, globalization—are commonly seen as race neutral,
although their effects clearly are not. L abor Market Firing Patterns during the 1990s
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