What is Racial Discrimination in the Workplace? - Examples, Statistics & Cases


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The owner of Al's Auto Repair will only hire mechanics who have a high school diploma.

Which of the following statements is correct?

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Sondra is an African American with 10 years experience as a pastry chef. She recently applied for a position with Cara's Cupcakes. Cara advertised for a pastry chef with a minimum of 5 years experience. Sondra interviewed for the job and was rejected. She was informed that the position had been filled with a more qualified candidate. Imagine her surprise when she saw that Cara continued to advertise the position for another 10 days before hiring a white pastry chef.

Which of the following statements is correct?


In McDonnell Douglas Corp. v Green, the Supreme Court spelled out criteria for making a case for unlawful discrimination in hiring and also for establishing the burden of proof.

Which of the following statements is FALSE?

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About This Quiz & Workplace

Racial discrimination comes in many forms. This quiz has you recall facts about the history of racial discrimination in the workplace, and what to do if it occurs.

Quiz & Workplace Goals

This quiz assesses your understanding of workplace discrimination in the following ways:

  • Recognize a correct statement relating to a given workplace anecdote
  • Understand what is true or false about a Supreme Court ruling on workplace discrimination
  • Identify the government agency where a racial discrimination complaint should be filed
  • Distinguish between offensive conduct and disparate treatment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from relevant information in the lesson on racial discrimination in the workplace
  • Critical thinking - use information on workplace discrimination to consider what is true about a given anecdote
  • Information recall - remember what you've learned about workplace discrimination relating to race
  • Knowledge application - use information on unlawful discrimination to successfully answer a question about the history of racial discrimination in the workplace

Additional Learning

The lesson, What is Racial Discrimination in the Workplace? - Examples, Statistics & Cases, covers the following objectives:

  • Summarize the history of the government's response to racial discrimination in the workplace
  • Define different types of discrimination
  • Provide statistics of racial discrimination in 2013