A sad, but true fact remains in our society: discrimination is still at work. Employment discrimination, for example, is an unfortunate injustice that individuals are still experiencing on a daily basis. The Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination by employers against employees who belong to a protected class. Race and national origin are among those in the protected class.
In October of 2011, the Anne Arundel County Council appointed the county's first African-American health officer, Dr. Angela M. Wakhweya. Approximately 14 months into her position, the state secretary has formally requested that the AACC terminate Dr. Wakhweya. No reasons were given to the AACC as to why she should be terminated. The council was not comfortable making a decision with no evidence provided from the state and will address the issue in the upcoming days at their next meeting.
Allegations are now revealing that since her hiring, Dr. Wakhweya has been subjected to repeated incidents of discrimination. In addition to her authority being challenged, individuals have ridiculed the health officer about her "name pronunciation and cultural heritage." Dr. Waykhweya is receiving tremendous backing and support by the African-American community and the NAACP.
Any employer with 15 or more employees will fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employee discrimination can come in a variety of forms. In addition to offensive and derogatory remarks due to race, color or national origin, the law does not allow indirect discrimination either. For example, an employer may have a policy that is neutral on its face, but if the effect of the policy when applied is discriminatory it will be struck down.
Source: Anne Arundel Patch, "UPDATE: County Asked by State to Terminate Health Officer," D. Frank Smith, Jan. 8, 2013