Race Discrimination Case

A hiring manager and his interview team narrowed a pool of applicants to two

final candidates. One candidate, who is white, had a really great interview and the
whole interview team agreed that he would be a great fit with the rest of the team.
He had a bachelor’s degree and five and half years of relevant experience. The other
candidate, who is black, also had a good interview, a bachelor’s degree and seven
years of relevant experience and had received numerous recognition awards from
previous employers for excellent performance. Both candidates met the minimum
requirements for the job in question, which included a bachelor’s degree and four
years of related experience.

During a closed-door meeting about the candidates with an interview team member
and the hiring manager, the hiring manager said that it would be tough to have
a black person on the team and that he thought a black person would be hard to
manage. He then said that he would ask the HR department to make an offer to
the white candidate and proceeded to complete the necessary paperwork. HR policy
stated that hiring managers must submit all documents pertaining to the hiring
process to HR for review and retention.

Before extending the offer to the selected candidate, the HR representative noticed
on the interview notes of the rejected candidate that the primary reason for not
hiring the candidate was “not a good fit for the team.” However, the interview
notes in response to each of the interview questions did not provide anything
specific about why the candidate would not be a good fit for the team. The HR
representative contacted the hiring manager and interview team to collect more
detail about the reason for not hiring the candidate who had more experience than
the selected candidate. The general consensus among the interview team was that
both candidates were qualified to do the job and both would have been fine choices.
However, many of them did agree that since the selected candidate enjoyed playing
golf in his spare time, he would be a good addition to the team. The interviewer
who heard the hiring manager’s racist remarks about the rejected candidate informed
the HR representative about the comments. Without documenting the incident,
the HR representative, who reported to the hiring manager, phoned the selected
candidate to extend the offer of employment.

Did the organization discriminate against the black candidate?

Is this a potential discrimination case? If so, what could the HR department have done to mitigate risk in
this case and/or what can they do to mitigate risks of this nature in the future?

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality of Writing and Proofreading

2.5 pts

Written responses are free of grammatical spelling or punctuation errors. The style of writing facilitates communication.

2.0 pts

Written responses are largely free of grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. The style of writing generally facilitates communication.

1.5 pts

Written responses contain a few errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, etc. Some errors but not so many to indicate repetitive distractions.

1.0 pts

Written responses include some grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. The errors distract the reader.

0.5 pts

Uses incorrect grammar and incorrect sentence structure consistently. The errors interfere with the communication process.

2.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeComprehension of material

3.0 pts

The writer understands significant ideas relevant to the issue under discussion. This is indicated by correct use of terminology, precise selection of information components required to make a point. Correct use of examples .

2.4 pts

Able to distinguish and comprehends a deeper meaning on most occasions. Ideas are reasonably clear. Some subjective evaluation is necessary to determine what the writer means.

1.8 pts

Comprehends the surface level meaning of the material and begins to relate issues to general knowledge and experience

1.2 pts

Demonstrates some basic comprehension of the material . Does not make connections with the bigger picture.

0.6 pts

Not comprehending or reflecting on what is read or viewed

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength, content and ability to interpret and answer assignment

1.5 pts

Work demonstrates that all tasks were completed Showed some originality and extra initiative in completing assignment.

1.2 pts

Work demonstrates that significant effort was made to attempt all aspects of the assignment. Ideas connected clearly.

0.9 pts

Work demonstrates that some effort was made to attempt all tasks that were assigned. Occasional sense of engagement of writer with the subject matter.

0.6 pts

Little effort was made to attempt all tasks that were assigned. Ideas were connected but weak

0.3 pts

Very little effort was given to the task assignment. No response was given.

1.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRelevance of answers, opinions and ideas.

3.0 pts

Student is clearly expressing arguments, opinions and responses in answering assignments. Superior ideas and insights. Answers are clear and complex.

2.4 pts

Student is more consistent in expressing arguments, opinions and responses when answering assignments

1.8 pts

Student is learning to develop and express arguments, opinions and responses in answering assignments. More complex and insightful answers.

1.2 pts

Not developing their ability to express arguments, ideas or opinions. Ideas are not complex or insightful. May include some information that distracts from central purpose.

0.6 pts

Student is not able to express opinions, ideas, and responses due to inadequate writing skills. Ideas are unclear.

3.0 pts

Total Points: 10.0


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