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Subtle bias is just as illegal as blatant discrimination

There are other ways of proving discrimination than getting the a manager to admit he is a bigot. The whole premise of subconscious discrimination is based on the understanding that even well intentioned people lie to themselves.  A manager can believe he is fair-minded, and yet act on negative stereotypes.  The manager may not see how he engages in stereotyping, subjective employment practices, and unwittingly maintaining a gender or racial hierarchy.  Unconscious but illegal discrimination occurs when a manager deceives himself into overlooking the disparate impact of his employment decisions.

Pamela A. Smith
Law Office of Pamela A. Smith
233 Needham Street, Suite 540
Newton, MA 02464


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