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Racial Discrimination in Job Promotion
Date: May 4, 2005
Type of expert: Statistics. Dr. Edwin L. Bradley, sociological statistical expert
Issue: Should expert testimony that doesnt directly address plaintiffs claim be admitted as evidence?
Summary of case: Minority plaintiff claimed racial discrimination in pay and promotion system of defendant employer.
Role of the expert: Plaintiffs expert testified that evaluating Defendants promotion system, minorities consistently scored lower than whites and that therefore the system was skewed toward whites getting promotions at the expense of minorities.
Expert analysis: Defendants argued that the statistical evidence relied on by the expert covered job groupings and pay grades that were too broad to accurately analyze Defendants promotion system.
The Court granted summary judgment for Defendant, saying that the expert testimony was deficient because the statistical evidence didnt compare workers in similar positions, but instead compared workers across vast occupational categories. In short, the analysis was based on comparisons not relevant to Plaintiffs claims.
Summary prepared by J. Baik, Student, University of San Francisco School of Law