We recommend using these discussion questions and activity with Ellen Berrey’s interesting and well-written article Sociology Finds Discrimination in the Law (read the full article for free here!) which appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Contexts.
1) How would you define discrimination? How does your definition compare with a more formal, legal definition?
2) The article states that sometimes people discriminate unintentionally. What are examples of unintentional discrimination?
3) Based on what you learned from this article, what do you think should be done to rectify the effects of discrimination? Who should be responsible for taking action?
Explore the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website (eeoc.gov) and read up about the different kinds of discrimination. Have you or someone you know been a victim of the types of discrimination described?