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ERIC Number: EJ798722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Analyzing Personnel Selection Decisions in Employment Discrimination Litigation Settings
Mueller, Lorin M.; Dunleavy, Eric M.; Buonasera, Ash K.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n138 p67-83 Sum 2008
This article familiarizes readers with how to analyze personnel selection decisions in employment discrimination litigation. First, the authors outline some of the basic legal principles that serve as the basis for analyses related to claims of discriminatory employment practices. Second, they describe how to conduct a scientific investigation of the merits of such claims. This article focuses on analyses of disparity using traditional applicant flow data, and the authors present both statistical significance tests such as Fisher's exact test and practical significance tests including the four-fifths rule. To better illustrate the use and interpretation of these analytical strategies, they present results with simulated data that include a dichotomous employment outcome (for example, being promoted or not promoted) and two groups (such as men and women). They conclude with a consideration of the quality of analyses and present issues related to sample size, violations of statistical assumptions, and various characteristics of employment decisions. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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