When it comes to litigation, who said what is often the crux of the matter. That’s why it’s important to have a witness during any meeting involving bias complaints.
Recent case: Shortly after Ronald Johnson, who is black, began working for a temp agency, he came to believe that he was being paid less than nonblack employees.
He demanded a meeting with the company owner and got one. During the face-to-face discussion, Johnson claims he told the owner about his suspicions and said he was going to file an EEOC complaint. Johnson was allegedly told that he need not come back to work, so he sued.
The owner denied ever having a conversation about discrimination or EEOC complaints. The court said a jury should decide who was telling the truth. (Johnson v. Labor Force, No. 10-199, ED PA, 2011)
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