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Affirmative actions that affect business

1. Read "Just The Facts". Review the scenario presented as it relates to the case of Taxman v. Board of Education. Although the school was concerned about diversity and took steps to ensure diversity in the business department, were the steps necessary since the amount of African American faculty in the school district exceeded the African American population in the community at large? In providing your opinion, make sure to also indicate what you think the court should decide in this case. Next, look up the case. What did the court decide, and why? Do you agree with the court's decision?
2. Are all employers required to implement affirmative action plans? If not all, which category of employers must implement a plan? If an employer subject to an affirmative action plan engages in discriminatory action, what types of sanctions can be levied upon the employer?
3. An employee approaches human resources with concerns that he/she is the victim of workplace bullying. In reviewing the situation, the human resource employee determines that there does not appear to be any Title VII discrimination evident. Even if the employee does not have a legitimate action under Title VII, are there any other claims that the employee could bring against the harasser and the company? What steps, if any, should the human resource employee take in order to deal with the bullying allegation?
4. There is a perception among some that affirmative action results in quotas and reverse discrimination. Discuss the justification for affirmative action and whether affirmative action indeed results in quotas and reverse discrimination. Include your opinion.

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1. From the review of the scenario presented as it relates to the case of Taxman v. Board of Education, at the time of the incident it was necessary for the school to be concerned about diversity and take steps to ensure diversity in the business department. One argument as stated by the question is that the amount of African American faculty in the school district exceeded the African American faculty in the school district however the argument of the Board of Education was that Williams was the only African American teacher in the department and 50% of the students were minorities. It was based on this argument that the school board voted to lay off Taxman. The board had focused on the school and not on the district. Based on this information, I feel that the court should decide in favor of the Board of Education. They were justified in maintaining racial diversity.
After looking up the case I find that the district court decided that there were violations of both Title VII and New Jersey statute. This judgment was also upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The school board filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court and the case was accepted for hearing. However, a civil rights group intervened and paid compensation on behalf of the Board and the case was settled out of court. Personally, I do not agree with the court decision. The decision to lay off Sharon Taxman, a white teacher was taken in the context of the department and not in the context of the ...

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