SOC 301 Week 3 Discussion | Ashford University
Week 3 -
Identities in the Workplace
In the United States, federal and state laws protect many
individuals in the workplace from discrimination. However, not all identities
are protected under the law. In addition, corporations oftentimes have a
particular culture and/or brand that they are selling, and not all social
identities are able to portray this image in the same way.
In this discussion, you will consider whether accommodations
should be made in the workplace for a variety of social identities by
considering the case study of a popular clothing company, Abercrombie &
Fitch. In recent years, Abercrombie & Fitch has been in the news due to
multiple lawsuits filed by employees over discrimination in the
First, begin by reviewing the following resources that describe
several lawsuits brought against the company:
Using the resources above as evidence to back up your ideas,
address the following:
Each corporation has
its own identity, culture, and brand that it is selling. What problems occur
when someone who does not fit the ideal representation of that corporation
seeks employment? In other words, do you think that a corporation should
be able to have a certain style or “look” that it wants to represent their
brand, and therefore hire employees who adequately represent this?
Do you agree with the
way that the courts ruled in the cases you reviewed? Why/why not?
Finally, watch Abercrombie and Fitch
Under Fire ‘Exclusionary’ Tactics (Links to an external site.) and discuss whether or not you feel that
it is discriminatory for companies to exclude certain groups from their
merchandise (i.e., not sell products to certain customers). Be sure to use
examples from the resources to back up your argument.
Your initial post
should be at least 500 words in length. Support your claims with examples from
the required material(s) and/or scholarly resources, and properly cite any
references both in text (Links to an external site.) and in a references list (Links to an external site.) at the end of the post. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible
Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source
types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for
this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final
say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.