As executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, the franchise’s legendary former quarterback John Elway was likely riding high after a reported 45 million people watched the team win its dramatic overtime playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 8, 2011. The joy from that victory—the highest-rated opening round contest of the NFL playoffs since 1988—was likely short-lived, as the very next day the Associated Press reported that a California car dealership partially owned by Elway was being sued for racial discrimination.
According to the AP, former sales manager Timothy Sandquist claims he did not get a promotion he deserved despite eight years of successful employment because he is black, and was instead made to work the job without earning the title or a raise. Sandquist alleges that the general manager at Elway’s Manhattan Beach Toyota used ethnic slurs against black, Latino and Middle Eastern employees, according to the AP.
Victims who have been subjected to this form of employment discrimination may be able to secure relief under state or federal law. Federal law remedies for racial discrimination at work are based upon Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and must first be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Do you believe you were ever denied a promotion solely because of your race? How did you handle the situation?
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