Civil Rights and Discrimination | Labor and Employment Law
Only the very best workers are completely satisfactory, and they are not likely to be discriminated against-the cost of discrimination is too great. The law tries to protect average and even below average workers against being treated more harshly than would be the case if they were of a different race, sex, religion, or national origin, but it has difficulty achieving this goal because it is so easy to concoct a plausible reason for not hiring, or firing, or failing to promote, or denying a pay raise to, a worker who is not superlative.
Siegelman, Peter, "Protecting the Compromised Worker: A Challenge for Employment Discrimination Law" (2016). Faculty Articles and Papers. 438.