Race bias lawsuits alive and well

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We all like to think we’ve moved beyond race discrimination, but the number of race bias lawsuits being filed suggests otherwise.

That’s why employers need to make sure their hiring and discharge practices don’t discriminate. 

Recent case: Brenda Collins, who is black, wasn’t happy with her job assignment and grew even more disenchanted when she wasn’t picked for a transfer to a new position. 

Collins claimed the employer favored white males for the transfers, with the exception of a biracial male. She argued that clearly showed the selection process was biased.

But the court said the biracial male counted as black, and that was evidence the company wasn’t motivated by race when it passed over Collins. (Collins v. TIAA-CREF, No. 3:06-CV-304, WD NC, 2009)

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