McDonnell Douglas Method

McDonnell Douglas Method

Definition

A burden-shifting framework for evaluating employment-discrimination claims that (1) requires the plaintiff to show a prima facie case of discrimination, (2) subsequently shifts the burden to the employer to show a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for the adverse employment action, and (3) shifts the burden back to the plaintiff to show that the employer’s offered reason is actually a pretext for discrimination.

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