Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: Employers Must Show that Unequal Results Aren't Discrimination

Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: Employers Must Show that Unequal Results Aren't Discrimination

Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins

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Decided: Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins - The U.S. Supreme Court decides that Ann Hopkins had been denied a partnership at Price Waterhouse due to discrimination based on gender stereotyping. According to the court, employers need to prove with a preponderance of evidence that a particular employment situation would have existed without sex discrimination.

Although Ann Hopkins was well-qualified and out-performed her colleagues, she was told that in order to be promoted she must "walk more femininely, talk more femininely, dress more femininely, wear make-up, have her hair styled, and wear jewelry." According to male employees, they would not feel comfortable with her as boss because she didn't act like a woman "should".

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