Workplace discrimination is a long-held and serious problem in the United States. Most of us are aware of scenarios where someone wasn’t given a job opportunity or promotion because of their age, race, gender or sexual orientation. In a nation where we hope that the quality of your resume will get you the job you’re seeking, there are too many cases where this doesn’t happen.
But what if you’re white? A police officer in Ithaca, New York felt that he was being passed up for promotions on the job because he was not an ethnic minority. This led the officer to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the City of Ithaca.
A federal jury awarded Christopher Miller $2 million in response to his claim of employment discrimination. He also proved successfully that the city had retaliated against him for filing human rights complaints. Judge Thomas McAvoy, along with all the jurors, happens to be white, which makes some wonder if there is bias in the verdict.
Arch Stokes, who is on the defense team for the City of Ithaca, says that Miller doesn’t deserve a thing for his alleged claims.
“Mr. Miller is entitled to nothing,” Stokes said.
Stokes said that Miller is a liar and that he never took responsibility for is actions.
“Christopher Miller is eating up himself over his own lust for power over others,” Stokes said. “He’s an abuser of his power over others.”
Miller’s attorney, A.J. Bosman says that it’s actually the leadership of the police department who is irresponsible, not Miller himself.
“These defendants want you to believe Mr. Miller made it all up,” Bosman said.
She said that the hiring process of the city is in favor of minorities, and keeps white employees from having opportunities. Of course she failed to mention that for hundreds of years, whites were the only ones who had any chance of being hired.
The lawsuit is in line with an upcoming hearing in the United States Supreme Court, where Affirmative Action may be on the chopping block. The election of a black president makes some believe that Affirmative Action is no longer necessary. But for many, workplace discrimination is very real, and it makes life difficult for workers of all backgrounds.