Case Study: Belles Feuilles North America (BFNA)

Belles Feuilles North America is the U.S. and Canada branch of Belles Feuilles Construction Group, an international construction company with branches throughout the world. The Roads Group of BFNA has built highways and bridges throughout North America.

Joe Salazar and Carol Pryblowski have worked as civil engineers at BFNA since they graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1993. Their careers have paralleled each other, as the first one and then the other were hired into the Design Unit. Both have served as project engineers in Construction Units overseeing highway construction on projects of similar size and complexity. Each engineer has received good to excellent evaluations from a succession of supervisors. Friendly competitors, they have attended similar training sessions and enjoy an occasional social lunch together.

When the opportunity to apply for a promotion to supervisor of an engineering unit came up, they both applied. Joe was hired. Carol was bewildered because she truly believed she was better qualified for the position. A friend encouraged her to see a work discrimination lawyer because Carol’s description of the process led the friend to believe that illegal discrimination occurred.

1. What type of evidence does an employee need to prove gender discrimination? What type of documentation does an employer need to prove there is no evidence of discrimination? Please be specific and support your thinking with scholarly references.

2. What are the six legal principles in implementing a performance management system? Why are they important? Provide detail in each principle.