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Work Place Diversity and Liability

1. ABC, Inc. solicited bids from various independent contractors to landscape the grounds of its new office complex. Drew, head of facilities management told Patty, his secretary, that he would not accept any bids from Hispanic contractors. Drew explained that he would authorize hiring only American contractors to work on the grounds. A Hispanic contractor brings a lawsuit against ABC for discrimination.
A. Drew's refusal to hire Hispanic companies is a violation of the Independent Contractors Act of 2006.
B. Drew 's refusal to hire Hispanic companies is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
C. The Hispanic contractor cannot prevail in a discrimination case because John's conversation with his secretary is confidential and cannot be used as evidence.
D. Drew's refusal to hire Hispanic companies is not a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because that law does not cover discrimination against independent contractors.

2. Mr. Jones was employed by Barker Sock Company as a sewing machine repairman in Plant #5. He, along with the other 700 employees, was informed that the plant had been permanently closed by a written notice on the door when he arrived at work.
A. Mr. Jones' only recourse is to file for unemployment benefits.
B. Mr. Jones has no recourse because he was an employee-at-will.
C. Mr. Jones may be eligible to receive his salary and benefits for the next 60 days.
D. None of the choices are correct.

3. Bob's Painting Service hired 3 temporary workers through Deb's Temps. Bob didn't ask if back ground checks had been done on the employees. Deb did not check the criminal records for the workers hired by Bob. One of the workers, Joe Herrington, had been convicted of rape and had just recently been released from prison. While working for Bob, Joe attacked and raped the owner of the home that was being painted. The owner sued Bob.
A. Bob is not liable because Joe was a temporary worker hired though Deb's Temps.
B. Bob may be liable because he did not make sure that adequate back ground checks had been done for the workers he hired.
C. Bob is not liable because Joe was not acting within the course and scope of his employment.
D. None of the choices are correct.

4. "Valuing diversity" is a concept that
A. represents the "politically correct" attitude to adopt in the workplace, but has no connection to eliminating employment discrimination.
B. encourages ethnic groups to form their own organizations to promote their culture in the workplace in an effort to combat discrimination.
C. encourages all members of the workforce to learn to accept, appreciate and value the contributions that result from a diverse workforce.
D. All of the choices are correct.

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1. ABC, Inc. solicited bids from various independent contractors to landscape the grounds of its new office complex. Drew, head of facilities management told Patty, his secretary, that he would not accept any bids from Hispanic contractors. Drew explained that he would authorize hiring only American contractors to work on the grounds. A Hispanic contractor brings a lawsuit against ABC for discrimination.

B. Drew's refusal to hire Hispanic companies is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Civil Rights Act of 1991Strengthens and improves the Federal Civil rights laws, provides for damages in cases of intentional ...

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