Thursday, January 22, 2009

Identify the Full Scope of the Discrimination

Intersectional discrimination is the discrimination of a person or classification of people because they are a member of two or more protected classes. Equal employment opportunity statutes prohibit this type of discrimination. Intersectional discrimination can involve more than one EEO statute, e.g., discrimination based on age and disability, or based on sex and age, or discrimination based on race and sex, etc.

So, as you consider what's going on around you at work, look at the bigger picture as to what is going on. If you are a Black woman, maybe the issues you are facing are not simply due to your race. Perhaps, you are also being targeted by a particular manager, for instance, because you are a woman. Try to determine if the person or people you are dealing with have patterns of targeting specific classifications of staff. Maybe they target Black workers or maybe they target Black and Hispanic workers or maybe they target Black and Hispanic workers AND homosexual employees.

The point is, there may be a larger problem than you realize and there could be more federal statutes being violated than you realize. I worked for an employer that targeted Black women. We began to be targeted and labeled with the same stereotypes. Amazingly, our employer argued that they managed to hire Black women that--to a person--were angry, defensive, rude, couldn't take constructive criticism, were mean, "not nice," and "snooty." Within 2 months, 5 Black women--out of 10 Black female employees--resigned from the company. Every person left immediately before or immediately after our yearly performance reviews. I was the 6th Black female to leave.

Intersectional discrimination. Remember the term.

If you are targeted because of your race AND your age or your race AND your gender or your race AND your sexual orientation or your race AND a disability, you should argue the full scope of the discrimination you are being subjected to and you should hold your employer fully accountable/liable for the totality of their actions.


Blogger Dani said...

My name is Dani Atkins and I am one of 4 surviving children of Ronald Edward Atkins and Clancyna Marie Atkins. On January 26, 2008 my father was killed in a tragic car accident that took place only 2 minutes away from my home. My parents had been married for 30 years at the time of the accident without separation. As I have been assisting my mother with putting together various lawsuits and claims against several different persons, insurance companies, and even the Los Angeles Police Department regarding several acts of negligence and dishonor surrounding my fathers death, I have come across a disturbing piece of information that I, being a 24 year old African American person am appauled. My father having been born on April 9, 1955, has a birth certificate that identifies his color and race as being "NEGRO." My grandmother, Eloise Marie Harrison having been born on April 4, 1933 has a birth certificate that identifies her color and race as being "NEGRO". My mother, who is still alive, Clancyna Marie Atkins born on September 4, 1956 has a birth certificate that identifies her color and race as being "NEGRO" as well. And I am quite sure there are thousands if not milliions of other African American people dead or alive who have been identified on paper at birth as being "NEGRO" I am absolutely disgusted that the United States of America even in 2009 have not made an attempt to make right this defamation of character in administering all new birth certificates to those who have died as well as those still living to identify these HUMAN PEOPLE with dignity and respect. I am passionately committed to make my fathers name wholly reflect the honorable father, husband, and man that he was and the fact that his life was not even given an opportunity to start before he was branded on United States of America paper as being a "NEGRO" is a disgrace and a shame on America.


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