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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Michigan Study Finds Discrimination Now More Subtle

Not surprisingly, a large scale study on discrimination in employment practices conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan has concluded that where such discrimination exists, it is often quite subtle. Ed Finnerty's story in the Kalamazoo Gazette reports on a study originally created by Western Michigan University researchers for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. It was modified to focus on employment discrimination.

Leslie Rose McDonald has a story about the impact of subtle, but not illegal, practices on employees in today's Syracuse's Post Standard. Unfortunately, the law is not nearly as good dealing with subtle issues as it is with blatant acts. I think both stories raise some of the reasons why many with different perspectives, employers, employees, courts and lawyers on both sides of the docket, are dissatisfied with the present system of employment law.

Update: Thanks to Ed Finnerty here is a link to the Kalamazoo study. [pdf]

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