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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

D is Incorrect

Even though the restaurant owner hired Mark to work in the kitchen, it was illegal to refuse to hire Mark as a server because he is Vietnamese (or because he was not Chinese.)

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20. Mark, a Vietnamese male, applied for a job as a server at a local Chinese food restaurant. The owner told Mark that all the server positions were filled and offered him a job working in the kitchen. Mark took the job. A few days after he started working, Mark noticed that two Chinese males were being trained as servers. Mark asked one of the new servers when he had been hired, and the server said “Yesterday.” Mark thinks the owner wouldn’t hire him as a server because he is Vietnamese and all of the servers are Chinese. Might the owner have discriminated against Mark?

  1. Yes. The owner discriminated against Mark by not hiring him to work as a server. However, Mark cannot file a complaint with the restaurant or a charge of discrimination with EEOC because he accepted a different job at the restaurant.
  2. No. The owner did not discriminate against Mark because Chinese restaurant owners can legally refuse to hire non-Chinese individuals.
  3. Yes. If Mark was not hired as a server because he is Vietnamese, and not Chinese, the restaurant owner discriminated against Mark.
  4. No. The restaurant owner did not treat Mark unfavorably–the owner hired him to work in the kitchen. Therefore, the owner’s treatment was not illegal.