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Employment Discrimination or Poor Performance?

Paul E. Olsen, Connor F. Duffy
December 31, 2018
North America
Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
3 pages
employment, discrimination, sidcipline, discharge, human resources
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.75)
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This critical incident is about Abdullah Sall, a Muslim immigrant from West Africa who was fired from his job as an administrative assistant with the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s office in Burlington, Vermont. While State’s Attorney Sarah George suggested Sall was terminated because of poor performance, Sall claimed it was because of his race and religion. Sall, in the middle of an independent campaign for a seat on Burlington’s part-time City Council at the time of his firing, had to decide whether to pursue a legal claim of employment discrimination against his former boss, State’s Attorney Sarah George.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understand employment-at-will, employment discrimination, and wrongful termination
  • Apply nondiscrimination laws in the workplace
  • Recommend and defend whether an employment discrimination claim should be filed