EEOC: Biracial Applicant Denied Job Due to Race

It’s not a violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to hire a white job applicant rather than a black job applicant–unless the decision was based on the race of the applicants.

That’s what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged happened at Windings, Inc., a Minnesota-based company.  The commission alleged in a lawsuit filed on July 1 that the company hired a white applicant for a vacant assembler job instead of a biracial applicant (African American and white) who was qualified because he passed the requisite tests and had prior experience working as an assembler.

Sounds like a garden variety Title VII case. Let’s see if the EEOC can prove to a jury that race was the reason for the decision to hire the white applicant but not the biracial applicant.

Read more about the case.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by MB Giroux on July 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Nowhere in the case does it state whether or not the “white” applicant has the same qualifications as the “black” applicant – so how can one tell if the company is hiring based on race or simply on passing the qualifications tests and assuming a better “fit” for the company – which is what companies do all the time?


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