Workplace Diversity

In this case (Cornell University Law School, 2009); reverse discrimination occurred because DeStefano wanted the black race to appear in the list of the results for promotion, but they did not meet the qualifications hence the results were nullified. Employers also had a tendency of altering the rule in order to ensure that blacks were represented. Reverse discrimination also occurred because the board did not want to be viewed as discriminating on the face, but in the real sense, it was the case. The fact that the court dismisses the case on summary judgment also portrays discrimination. On the other hand, affirmative action existed because of the existence of the two races-black and white, and in this case, the blacks were the minority and highly discriminated from the time traditionally.


The society of today wants to ensure all races are fairly treated. This reality is a little unachievable. In the case of Ricci and DeStefano, the intent is unfair if history is well studied. The black race especially in the white nations has been through tough conditions and hence presenting them with an equal test with the white is unfair. Where most of the blacks went to school, and how has been a struggle; hence, it is up to the leadership to present them with favors in order to equate with the whites. In this argument then the nullification of results was fair.

I think that the society with such unequal groups of people, should always give priority to the weaker group in order to ensure that they do not lie behind. If no greater concern is given to these groups, they may languish in coming second or behind. On the other hand, care should be taken least the affirmative action becomes the reverse discrimination. Leadership in every section of the society should have clear-cut guidelines on how to deal with this issue (Erasmus, et. al 2003).