2/15/2005

Discrimination in the workplace

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050215/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/job_discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) collected a record $420 million for employees last year. Last year the commission resolved 85,259 discrimination cases to total the $420 million, but the number of cases were down from the year before. This means that the workers filing the complaints and winning are receiving more money in court. They collected more than $251 million by settling cases before trial, and $168 million through EEOC lawsuits filed in federal courts. It seems to me that by filing a complaint you have a good chance at getting a settlement. The article doesn't' show how many complaints were dismissed, which could alter my opinion. I believe that there is too much unnecessary litigation in the workplace that could be avoided if people could just be more mature. We live in such a diverse country and we need to learn how to work together. What are these people going to do when their job sends them to a different country? Also, what about the employees filing complaints just because they have a good chance at receiving a settlement? We all need to get along with each other and not expect handouts if someone seems to treat us badly. How are we going to compete globally if we can't even get along with our own co-workers?

1 comment:

stockton said...

I think descrimination in the workplace is very overrated. By this I mean that people take advantage of it. If one little thing is said or done wrong, someone takes that offensive and feels they have been discriminated against. People need to quit whining and just do their job. Granted there are circumstances when discrimination occurs, but on the most part I'm willing to bet that it's people wanting a handout!