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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

7. Naira, who is Native American, works part-time at a bowling alley. She tries to register for the company’s manager training program, but her supervisor tells her that the class is full, commenting, “It’s just as well. After all, you’ll make a lot more money working at a casino on your people’s reservation.” Two days later, the supervisor allows five of Naira’s co-workers, none of whom are Native American, to register for the training program. Did the supervisor discriminate against Naira?

  1. No. Naira works part-time, and federal law does not protect part-time workers from employment discrimination.
  2. No. Federal employment law does not prohibit discrimination in management training programs.
  3. Yes. If the supervisor refused to allow Naira to register for the training program because of her race (because she is Native American), he has engaged in unlawful discrimination.
  4. Yes. The supervisor discriminated against Naira because of her race when he refused to allow her to register for the manager training program. In addition, the supervisor’s remark about Naira working at a casino on “[her] people's reservation” is illegal harassment based on Naira’s race.