Type of Discrimination that has occurred and use the story line to support and defend your claim of discrimination. Research Paper Nurses at Central Medical – “A Case of Stolen Identity” type of Discrimination that has occurred and use the story line to support and defend your claim of discrimination. Central Medical is a downtown hospital located in a changing urban environment of Capitol City. New industry setting up in urban redevelopment areas around the hospital has brought an influx of Hispanic and Vietnamese workers to join the Caucasian and African American population that lived around the hospital. The hospital benefited from the influx as many men and women in the new group came with some hospital experience. Central, facing a shortage of nurses, enrolled these experienced employees in its nursing school and over a period of three to four years totally eliminated its nursing shortage using the men and women right in the neighborhoods of the city. Many of these new nurses were bilingual which made the patients from the different areas of the city much more comfortable as well as making communication with the “English only” speaking staff much easier. The hospital, which had previously suffered from a low patient count, thrived. Community outreach programs were also established with visiting nurses working in individual neighborhood clinics that quickly identified unhealthy residents and got them medical treatment quickly. All in all, it had been a great turnaround for the hospital and the community. The hospital dress code for nurses was quite flexible. While some of the more senior nurses still wore their white uniforms with their nursing pins, the majority of the nurses wore the many different color “scrubs” that were available at the uniform stores. The pastel colored “scrubs” came in many different colors and was popular among the nurses as well as all other hospital staff such as dietary and nurse’s aides. The “scrubs” were easy to maintain, were certainly more comfortable than a starched nurse’s white uniform and allowed a person to wear different colors expressing some individuality. In addition, they were far more “in style” than the traditional uniform and they were certainly less expensive to buy. On November 20, the hospital director announced that effective January 1; all nurses would be required to wear white uniforms with their nursing pin. The Director felt that the nurses looked “too much like the rest of the staff” and needed to be readily identifiable by patients, visitors and hospital management. It was also felt that it was important that the nurse be seen as management on the floor and that the uniform would establish the nurse as an authority figure. The nurses objected to the change in dress code noting that the real reason for the change was the fact that during the fall high school football season, the friendly rivalry between the new ethnic neighborhood high schools had been visible among employees in their wearing of clothing supporting their neighborhood’s team. Some employees had started wearing a school “tee shirt” in place of the shirt of their “scrubs”. While there were certainly no negative consequences to this activity and it was all in good fun, the employees figured that the management feared this activity would “trickle in” to the basketball season and decided to put a stop to it. The nurses also did not want to be seen as authority figures. In addition, management was stealing their personal identities. They would all look the same. The nurses placed a sign on the Employee Bulletin Board reading: “Everybody in White? That’s not Diversity.” On December 2, a group of employees representing the Hispanic and African American nurses filed a complaint with hospital management saying they were being discriminated against under Title VII as a result of this directive. They claimed that the senior nurses who were overwhelmingly Caucasian who wore their traditional uniforms were not being asked to change their dress code but the minority nurses were expected to change their dress code and buy new uniforms. This is Discrimination based on RACE. Your assignment: You are the Human Resources Manager of the hospital. The Hospital Director has asked you to review her decision on uniforms and give her your opinion. The good news is that it’s only December 12 and nothing has happened yet. (Everybody is still following the current flexible dress code.) In addition, no one has gone down to EEOC … yet. Review this case. IN YOUR OPINION….. 1) Has Discrimination taken place under Title VII? Is there evidence of Disparate Treatment or Disparate Impact? If yes, What is it? If no, Why not? 2) The Hospital Director wants your recommendation. She has noted to you that, while she did not like the “tee shirts” that was not her reason for the decision. Her concern was that doctors, patients or visitors who need a nurse quickly can’t tell the nurses from the other hospital staff because they all look the same. In their white uniforms anybody will be able to identify the nurses from the rest of the staff. What do you feel the Hospital Director should do? Why? Why? Why? ]]>
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