Black Discrimination Happens
Say two candidates are interviewed and the black candidate is rejected even though they are equally qualified. Keeping in mind that the white candidate is qualified also and the person interviewing can easily justify their selection. The person interviewing may not even openly have a problem with the black candidate but they select the white candidate anyway. Is this, or could this be black discrimination?
Maybe two or more are eligible for special training or a promotion and the black candidate is not selected or given the opportunity. The person making the decision can justify their selection, but down deep it was because they were black. It happens all the time.
These types of things happen every day!
Maybe there was an employee issue between a black employee and white employee. After every thing was sorted out the decision to discipline the black employee was made. It could have gone either way but it didn't.
These types of things happen every day in the workplace!
Not everything is cut and dry and clearly a demonstration of black discrimination, or any type of discrimination for that matter. Yet it truly is!
So what can be done?
If the company has any government contracts it could be under an obligation to hire, promote, offer training, etc. to the same or more, number of ethnic and/or racial/color make up of the local community. This would also include female versus male as well.
So what does that mean in English?
If the ethnic and/or racial/color make up of the community is 50% Black, then the make up of the workforce should be approximately the same. If it is not then the company should be able to provide evidence that they made a reasonable attempt to achieve that goal.
It could mean that the company needs to work with group leaders!
This could be done by advertising to very specific neighborhoods or organized groups. It could mean that the company needs to work with group leaders in the area to encourage applicants.
As it relates to promotions, training, or discipline, the same applies. If your employee files are reviewed and it shows that blacks are more likely to be disciplined or terminated than whites, the company would need to be able to justify it. That does not mean that you simply show them the written warning or termination notice, it would go beyond that. The company would need to be able to show that the notices were validly issued. This can be very difficult if your evidence file is not in order.
Ultimately the company should make an effort to hire, train and promote the most qualified individuals; however, they should also insure that they are paying attention to the local market they are doing business in.
Businesses should not see this as a burden but more of a good business practice so that they are a good community partner. And being a good community partner benefits everyone.