Saturday, October 01, 2005


Source:"The class action case, certified Wednesday, includes an estimated 10,000 current and former hourly workers and about 1,000 low-level management employees in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and parts of Texas.

The suit contends the delivery service paid thousands of current and former minority employees less than their white counterparts, passed over them for promotions and gave minorities poor work evaluations.

James Finberg, an attorney representing the class, said FedEx normally promotes from within, yet three times the number of package handlers and loaders are minorities compared to drivers, who earn more. Twice the number of minorities fail promotional tests than do whites, Finberg added.

"FedEx knows that black and Hispanics fail at a much higher rate, but yet has not changed the test," Finberg said."

First, I would like to point out the odd fact that Tennessee is not mentioned in the list of states that are included in the class action lawsuit. I think this is odd for several reasons. One, Fedex is based in Memphis, TN. They also have several main areas of distribution, which means a large number of workers in Memphis are associated with FedEx. Two the demographics of Memphis. Memphis is about 60 percent African American. If there was going to be discrimination I doubt it would be everywhere but their backyard.

Secondly, Finberg wants FedEx to change the test. To me that does not get more absurd. I wish my professors changed my tests to be easier in college so that I would have gotten higher grades, but they did not.



Zamboonian said...

Why actually change the test? Everyone knows why and how tests work... it's absurd. Some people pass 'em(tests)and others fail 'em. If a certain social grouping fail at tests - send 'em back to school. Don't dumb things down - just for the sake of being accommodating. Tests are there to set standards.

Cubicle said...