Does this track record show discrimination?

If a supervisor has hired and supervised numerous black people over a period of several years and in past year only one black person has been hired, can it be said that this supervisor has discriminated? Note: This supervisor has not been directly involved in the interviewing and hiring process for the past 3 years. I do not feel this person has discriminated.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

Answers (1)

Margaret A. Harris
Too small of a sample for statistical evidence

The information you gave is insufficient to lead to a conclusion that the individual makes employment decisions based on race. In such a small sample, numbers do not really say a lot. It would depend more on the specific qualifications of who was and who was not hired, and whether there is independent evidence of holding racial prejudices (like making offensive remarks or acting differently towards individuals of one race as compared to another).

Margie Harris

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Feb 21, 2001 10:27 AM [EST]

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