Nickel Vs Staple Case Study

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On July 29th, 2011, Bobby Dean Nickel was fired from his job at a Staples in Los Angeles, CA. The events leading up to that fateful day in his life have been documented in the court case Nickel vs. Staples Inc. In 2008 Staples Contract and Staples Inc. acquired Corporate Express, the company Mr. Nickel had worked for since August 2002. Corporate Express paid their employees more than Staples did, so after Staples bought Corporate Express, Mr. Nickel’s felt like his managers had it out for the older higher paid employees (him being one of them). In Nickel’s complaint, he stated how he was often the butt of jokes during staff meetings with such sayings as “old goat” and “old coot.” One of Bobby’s managers had requested for his resignation, and…show more content…
The article is short and sweet and just states the highlights of what happened to Bobby Nickel, but also includes a sentence the other sources do not grasp onto. “Mark Cautela, a spokesman for Staples, said the company disagreed with the jury’s verdict and that it will continue to pursue the case through the courts.” (4) Zachary’s article was nearly the exact same article as the others, with the previous quote being the exception. It doesn’t really hinder, but the fact it is so close to the others, it stirs questions on whether it created solely for his viewers or for all readers. Whether the answer is the former or the latter, he does portray a sense of trying to add insight into the situation to possibly help those that could be going through the same thing. Assumptions on his part are not clear, but could possibly withheld from the audience. Stereotypes were not used, it is a pure plan as day article piece. Cultural myths were also not prevalent through the piece. The Nickel vs. Staples Inc. case was a big court case that displayed how age discrimination is a big deal, and should be treated as such. Businesses may find reasons to fire their older employees, but if the only people they are getting rid of just happen to be of the older variety, it ends up being considered age discrimination in every sense of the word. Although the jury of the Nickel vs. Staples Inc. ruled in favor of the plaintiff on an age discrimination case, age discrimination is still prevalent in our corporate culture. Who actually wins in cases like this, corporations or those discriminate
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