Case Study: Griggs v. Duke Power Co.


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Why did black employees at Duke Power Company feel the requirement of a high school diploma and intelligence tests for positions above laborer was discriminatory?

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1. What organization represented Griggs in his case against Duke Power Company?

2. Which act was a major stepping stone in ending the type of discrimination experienced by Griggs and his black coworkers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Willie Griggs, an employee at Duke Power Company, filed a lawsuit for discrimination because of methods the company used to evaluate its employees. You will be quizzed on key facts regarding Griggs v. Duke Power Co.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz you will:

  • Explain Duke Power Company's employee advancement requirements
  • Name the organization that represented Griggs
  • Identify an act that forbids employee discrimination
  • Point out the state where Griggs v. Duke Power Co. took place

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - utilize your understanding to give the term for practices that negatively effect a protected class of people
  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read information about Duke Power Company's employee advancement practices and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about where Griggs v. Duke Power Co. occurred

Additional Learning

For more information on the subject read the lesson called Case Study: Griggs v. Duke Power Co. It focuses on these objectives:

  • Explain how black Duke Power Company employees were treated prior to 1964
  • Describe how Duke Power Company defended its advancement requirements
  • Know why the case was heard by the Supreme Court
  • Provide details about the Supreme Court's decision