In 2004, Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan conducted an experiment in which they sent fake resumes out to hundreds of real open job postings. These resumes were identical except for one control—half the fictional applicants’ names were “African American-sounding” and half were “White-sounding.” They found that the white names got 50 percent more callbacks for interviews across all industries and job types, suggesting the presence of racial bias or subconscious attitude formation and stereotyping. Over a decade later, employment discrimination, police bias toward certain groups, and discriminatory housing or financial policies are still at the forefront of current affairs. For this Discussion, you examine an experience with racial or ethnic bias that you or someone you know has had. As a human and social services professional, drawing awareness to these experiences and your reactions to them may help you begin the process of bringing ethical decision-making sensibilities to culturally or racially sensitive issues, a topic you continue to explore throughout the course. To Prepare: Review this week’s readings, focusing on any implications of your lived experiences with racial or ethnic bias toward clients in your professional area of interest. Select a personal experience from your community or workplace related to racial or ethnic bias that you or someone you know has had. Reflect on how you handled the situation you selected and whether you would address it differently if you could. By Day 4 Post a description of the experience you selected. Next, explain how you addressed the bias at the time. Finally, now that you have had time to reflect and consider the situation, explain whether you would have addressed it differently. If so, how? If not, why?

Assignment Details

The purpose of this assignment is to give you a better understanding of how personnel data are managed. You will compose a 1,200–1,500-word report that discusses the type of documentation kept in your employee file, what legislation governs how long your files are kept, and how they are grouped together.

Your research will be based on information garnered from the following source of information:

  • Your current workplace. You will need to contact the HR office or your immediate supervisor for this assignment. If you are currently unemployed, you can contact a previous employer.
  • If neither of these is an option, you can contact a company that you are familiar with in your local market and request this type of information from the HR office.
    • Note: Another excellent source of information is your local Small Business Organization,

Your report will include the following:

  • Construct a guide that lists what documents are kept in your employee file (please note that these are general documents, such as employee appraisals and sick leave requests).
  • Provide information highlighting which documents are filed together and which are located in separate files.
  • Include the length of time that material is saved and the duration that files must be retained before they can be disposed.
  • Be sure to include the state and federal regulations guiding file management and retention.

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