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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a summary report of discrimination claims in 2009. Claims increased in three key areas monitored by the Commission. This article is a good starter for introducing the importance of effective management in any organization.


  1. Unfortunately, some employers equate “disabled” with “unable.” Read the section on talent and discuss why disabled workers are worthy of consideration, particularly in our economy.
  2. If diversity is a “business imperative,” why are discrimination claims related to diversity still increasing? If the statement by Professor Thomas is true, what should top management do to make sure diversity is truly valued?
  3. Consider the section on ethics. What are some ways that organizations can reduce the chances that employees will engage in discriminatory practices?

SOURCE: Associated Press, “Job Bias Claims Based on Disability, Origin, Religion Rise,” USA Today (Retrievable online at

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