Monday, March 17, 2008

A Rare Case of Color Discrimination

Eeoclogo Not a case you see everyday in the employment discrimination world:

A discrimination case against bargain retailer Family Dollar can proceed, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Family Dollar on December 2007 in a rare case of alleged color bias, but the retailer tried unsuccessfully to get the case dismissed.

An African-American manager harassed dark-skinned African-American employees because their skin color was “too dark” and “black as charcoal,” according to the agency.

Now it only at the allegations stage, so it is unclear whether it will turn out successfully for plaintiff.  But this is the type of color discrimination claims we do see, when we see them: usually allegations from one individual against another individual of the same race but with different color shades of skin.

Talk about a shallow, absurd form of discrimination. (And by this, I mean those who discriminate on the basis of color are literally shallow and certainly absurd).


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