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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

A is Incorrect

It is irrelevant that Sheila and Valerie are both Black. It is possible for individuals of the same race to discriminate against each other because of differences in their skin tone or other differences that are protected by federal law, such as gender or national origin.

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19. Sheila and Valerie work at a skating rink. Both Sheila and Valerie are Black, but Sheila has a light skin tone and Valerie has a darker skin tone. Sheila always asks Valerie to clean the floors and empty the trash. Sheila does not ask Black employees with light skin tone or White employees to do these tasks, even though all employees are responsible for clean-up. Could Sheila be discriminating against Valerie?

  1. No. Sheila and Valerie are both Black. It is impossible for a person to discriminate against someone else of the same race.
  2. Yes. Valerie may have been treated differently by Sheila because of her darker skin color, which is illegal under federal law.
  3. Yes. It is unfair for Sheila to ask Valerie to clean the floors and empty the trash because Valerie has worked at the skating rink longer than most of the other employees. Sheila should assign the cleaning work to the newest employees.
  4. No. Because the skating rink only has 25 employees, it does not have to comply with federal discrimination laws, which only apply to companies with at least 50 employees.