Labor economics - White collar discrimination from the movie "Philadelphia"

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The film, "Philadelphia", is a classic example of employer discrimination in the work place. Blatant bigotry is the major theme of this movie. The film's antagonist is a young highly touted lawyer by the name of Andrew Beckett. Moreover, Andrew happens to be a homosexual stricken with the nondiscriminating AIDS virus. However, a person's sexual preference has nothing to do with an employee's productivity or merit in the work place. Unfortunately, in our society many individuals are not tolerant when it comes to either homosexuality or AIDS victims. The film does a great job of illustrating Andrew as a human being who loved his family and his friends and living life; the film reveals that people who are depilated by this disease had lives before they were Aids patients.

The film starts out with Andrew Beckett receiving AZT treatment to fight his battle with aids. Andy is given the responsibility of a very large case from the senior partners in the firm.

Moreover, this new assignment involves a copyright infringement with a company by the name of Highline. Andy is ecstatic to receive such a high profile case; however, a senior partner in the firm notices some lesions on Mr. Becket's forehead. Andy claims that they were from a game of racket ball. However, the partner has an inclination that the marks are from the AIDS virus because he worked with a woman in the past that was HIV positive and displayed similar marks. Consequently, the night before the Hiline deposition must be turned in Andy completes it and leaves a copy of it on his desk. The next day the file is missing and Andy is terminated for incompetence.

After his termination from the firm, Andy Beckett had a very hard time finding, a fellow lawyer who would represent...