"I Didn't Get the Job Because I'm Black"
6/23/2011 10:10:37 PM
Preemptive hiring is discrimination. A Black employee alleged that she was denied a promotion to a higher IT position, and a less-qualified Asian employee was selected instead. The employer's defense was that she never applied for the position and, therefore, could not contest the decision. However, the evidence showed that the manager: knew there were only two eligible employees; knew the Black employee intended to apply; did not wait for the application deadline to expire; and directed the selection of the Asian employee and stopped the hiring process, while the application period was still open. The evidence further showed that the plaintiff rated far higher on performance factors than the person selected, and other key managers considered her "superior by a wide margin." The court found that the employer's defense seemed to be a pretext for racial discrimination. Calhoun v. Johnson (D.C. Cir., 2011).