Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The 12th nominee for the “worst employer of 2019” is … the disguised doctor


Norma Melgoza, a long-time employee of Rush University Medical Center, is suing her employer for sex discrimination and equal-pay violations stemming from a denied application for a promotion.

In support of her claim of glass ceiling gender bias, Melgoza points to certain misconduct of the interviewing physician. I’ll let the district court explain.

During an interview with one of Defendant’s doctors, she alleges the doctor wore “a Donald Trump mask” (the “Donald Trump Mask”), an act she described as “humiliating and offensive” to her, insofar as she inferred from this alleged act that the doctor (and, by extension, Defendant) “did not take her or her position seriously and thought nothing of impersonating a man who publicly antagonized Melgoza’s community [Mexican-American] and many members of her gender.”

For its part, the employer seized a Donald Trump mask from the physician’s office during its internal investigation of Melgoza’s allegations (although it claims that the actual look of the mask differs from Melgoza’s description of it).

Suffice it to say, if you wear a Donald Trump mask to conduct a job interview of a Mexican-American, female applicant, you might be the worst employer of 2019.

Also, thanks to this case I think I’ve discovered the trophy to present to this year’s winner.


* Photo by Polylerus [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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