The Company Has Participated In Reverse Discrimination With The Downsizing Of 25% Of The White Males Just To Be In Compliance With A Diversity Policy From Hr (Discrimination In Discharge Due To Sex). Unless There Is

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The Lemon Tree is a publicly traded company that has 2,900 employees and operates out of Tallahassee, Florida. It produces and packages for resale products using lemon, including toiletries, foodstuffs, bathroom cleaning products, and paint and nail polish removers. All of its products incorporate the use of a highly secret chemical formula derived from fresh lemons, grown on trees right on the grounds of the company. Only three people in the company have access to the secret formula: the CEO, Smitty Smiles; the head of research, Paul Peel; and the chemist, Peter Dragon, also known as "Puff." Puff has a drug problem. Now, granted, it was in his past, and he has passed three out of the past ...view middle of the document...

Mary reports to Paul Peel and is on the same level as Puff, although in a different area of research. She heads up the research area of putting the lemon formula into play. Mary is African American and really resents that Jackie has filed this discrimination action against her. Mary believes that she would never even consider discriminating against someone for any reason, and, in fact, her department has held the record for the most minority hires, percentage-wise, in the entire company for the past 4 years. Mary is also 55 years old and a born-again Christian. She did try to talk Jackie out of her sex change operation when it was happening, and she lobbied against the company paying for it and, in fact, persuaded Smitty Smiles to refuse to add "sex change operations" to their insurance coverage. She did file two complaints for Jackie missing too much work during part of that process when Jackie missed 3 months of work in a row. She and Paul have both emphatically denied that they are having an affair.

The company has just learned that their competitor has "broken the code" of the secret formula and is now marketing a "new and improved" version of the "now passé" Lemon Tree formula. The whole thing stinks of corporate espionage.

Paul and Mary have a meeting with Smitty, and both of them accuse their own people of the leak. Mary accused Jackie, saying, "That girl-man goes both ways in her personal life, why...

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