Category Archives: Race-based discrimination

The Power of Unconscious Bias

A New York Times article swiftly summarizes psychological research into unconscious racial bias. Harvard Professor Sendhil Mullainathan performed some of the experiments, and describes others. Some discrimination is consciously practiced, although less often verbalized than before. At least when the verbalization is in person; racist comments on relatively anonymous social media...

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EEOC Loses Case Seeking to Bar Criminal Background Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Freeman, a company It claimed that Freeman’s policy of conducting background checks into criminal convictions and credit histories resulted in exclusion of more minorities than whites from the applicant pool.  The EEOC has been pursuing this practice, which results in a “disparate impact” against minority groups, whose members...
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