Race differences alone won’t prove discrimination

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Some employees attribute perfectly reasonable actions to race dis­crimination just because the ­decision-maker happens to belong to a different protected class.

Fortunately, courts usually quickly dismiss such cases.

Recent case: Flakewood, who is black, was hired as an ultrasound technician. His supervisor was white. A white woman who worked with Flakewood complained to the supervisor that Flakewood was sexually harassing her. He forwarded the complaint, and a white investigator concluded that Flakewood violated company policy. He was fired.

Flakewood sued, but offered no proof of bias, merely arguing that his termination was the re­­sult of white people’s actions. The court said that wasn’t enough. It dismissed the case. (Tucker v. Thomas Jeff­er­­son University, No. 11-1223, 3rd Cir., 2012)

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