Case Study: Georgia Lawsuit

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The company allegedly refused to put nurses in in-home positions if they were deemed "too black, too old, or too foreign" (Ng 2011). Additionally, one of the plaintiffs who worked in Human Resources found that the African American nurses were being paid significantly less money than white nurses. This plaintiff, Tracee Goodman, stated that before placing a nurse in a home, she would be blatantly asked what color the nurse was and their age before a decision was made (Seward 2011). If the client was white, then management would often insist a Caucasian nurse treat that patient. When the plaintiff brought this to the attention of superiors, her own hours dwindled to the point where she could no longer afford to stay with the company.
The policies set up by Accord, according to the lawsuit, are based on racial differences. Since these were practices of the company itself, then in order to fix the situation to prevent a suit, the company's prejudicial practices would have to be completely revamped. Jeffrey Keller (2011), an employment lawyer, was quoted as saying: "Staffing according to race, regardless of the client's preferences, and paying certain workers more than others because of their race, would be a blatant violation of federal and state labor laws that prohibit such discrimination. The company does not appear to be taking any steps to remedy the situation, even refuting…

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