By Vernalee
www.loc.gov leland, miss.

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” What usually changes are the methods of implementation. In the workplace, most employees know that it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals based upon their race, color, sex, national origin, handicap, age, religion, and the other protected classes promulgated by laws.
Yet, discrimination is alive and well! We may not always witness blatant violations, but even when it is disguised, the effects and disparate impact are devastatingly still the same. For example, rather than unlawfully terminate someone, cleverly eliminate their position. Then, call it budget cuts so that the victim has a harder fight because your scheme complicated the proof standards and their defense.

Rarely, will we hear a person say that “I am a bigot, a prejudiced racist, a male chauvinist, and the like.” Whether the perpetrators admit it, they categorically show it! Besides, actions speak louder than words.

Photo reprint: www.loc.gov – Leland, Mississippi, 1937.