Would the outstanding claims of discrimination change the way you felt about the company? Would it influence your decisions to support that company? Would it change whether or not you applied to work for that company in the future? Why or why not?
If a company I do business with were to have a discrimination lawsuit it would of course affect the way I felt about the company. I work hard to only support companies that align with my values, so when I buy clothes, electronics, and do general business with people I tend to look into their company. I believe an easy way to describe this would be “vote with your money” and that is my view on consumer purchases and how I believe society should view companies as well. It would influence my support of the company completely; if a company I regularly bought from didn’t hire women, than I would stop buying from them. Considering I’m a women, I think it would be hypocritical to do business with that company, but more than that, if they we discriminating against other races than my own, even bigger problems come into play. We would be going backwards from the steps we have taken forward in discrimination.
I would not apply for a company that discriminates in any way. Its an interesting question, because there are many companies that do it and get away with it, simply because they hire various genders and races when it is necessary. But, I’d like to believe you would be able to pick up on it when you are interviewing, or even within the first few weeks. Of course, depending on your financial position you may not have a choice in the matter, but there is always opportunity to change things, so I would then say to do your best and be your best. The short answer is I would quit if I discovered discrimination within the workplace and honestly I think most people would, because if a company discriminates they probably do a number of other things that you don’t agree with either.