Read the cases below, and begin your discussion by answering the question(s) for each case. Your grade is not based on the answer, but rather on the content of your explanation for your answer. Please make sure to identify the cases by letter when sharing your response. I will share the correct answers after the due date.
Richard Peterson v Hewlett Packard (HP)
Richard Petersen, a devout Christian, had worked for HP for 21 years in its Boise, Idaho office. HP is noted for its diversity efforts such as same-sex (and heterosexual) partner benefits and a non-harassment policy that includes sexual orientation, among other things. As part of its overall workforce diversity campaign, HP began displaying diversity posters. The posters were photos of HP employees who represented different aspects of diversity (i.e. Black, Hispanic, gay). Peterson objected to the poster that displayed a gay male, an in response to that poster Peterson posted Bible scriptures condemning homosexuality on his cubicle. The scriptures were written in a sufficiently large type to be seen by his co-workers, customers, and others in the office area.
Although Peterson’s supervisors allowed him to regularly park his car which had anti-homosexual bumper stickers on it, they demanded that he remove the Bible passages because they were inconsistent with HP’s non-harassment policy. Peterson objected and said that he would remove his scriptures if the “gay” posters were removed because they offended Christian employees. When he refused any other compromise, management gave Peterson time off with pay to reconsider. After the paid time off, Peterson returned to work, posted the scriptures again, and was fired. Peterson when to the EEOC to complain of religious discrimination.
Albert Buonnano v AT&T
Albert Buonanno, a devout Catholic, worked for AT&T Broadband in Denver. Buonnano was described as a model employee, who befriended and helped others, including transgender and gay employees. As part of AT&T’s diversity program, Buonnano was told that he needed to sign an agreement stating he would value fellow employees and their behaviors. Buonnano stated that he could tolerate other religions and love and appreciate other people but could not value homosexuality or other religious beliefs.
When Buonnano was fired for refusing to sign the document, he sued AT&T under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging religious discrimination. He asked for compensatory damages to cover his lost wages and contributions to his 401K plan, emotional distress, interest, and punitive damages.
Answer the following mandatory question:
Who do you think won in each case? Explain the reason for your decision.
Answer at least one question prompt below for adding to your discussion post: :
What about the video/activity/reading was most surprising to you or intrigued you the most?
How would you apply what you have learned?
How does the video/activity/reading remind you of a personal event or story?
How does the video/activity/reading relate to concepts you learned in class or from the text?
Guidelines are to complete each post before the due date with a minimum of 150 words. Include in your posts some concepts and vocabulary from the textbook, and/or lecture slides to demonstrate your understanding of the lesson for the module.
Part A: Your first post is due Wednesday and should end with an original question of your own for your classmates to answer.
Part B: Your additional posts, due no later than Sunday will include answering 2 of your classmates’ questions.