Running head: EMPLOYMENT LAW
Case: Johnson v. Transportation Agency, Santa Clara County (Ch 8, p 269)
1. What was the legal issue? What did the court decide?
The petitioner of the case was Johnson while the respondent was the Transportation
Agency, Santa Clara Cty. The company advertised for the position of road dispatcher, and
Diane Joyce was promoted to that position instead Paul Johnson. Both candidates were
qualified; the company took into consideration the gender as they made the promotion
decision. Joyce had gotten a lower score than Johnson had. She was brought in so she could
change the environment of having men dominate the skilled craft worker positions. The
Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the company, that is was not unreasonable for the
company to consider gender while making the promotion.
2. What does this case reveal about the conditions under which affirmative action is
This case proved that there are several factors that need to be considered. It was crucial to
overlook the fact that Johnson had gotten a better score in order to bring improvements to a position
that is male-domi...
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