Statistics of Discrimination Example

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On practical task that involve statistics, the law, and civil rights. Suppose we suspect an employer is discriminating against a protect class. Is there any way we can use statistics to tell us whether or not this suspicion is likely or unlikely to be true?

As is so often the case to questions of "Can math help us with X", the answer is a resounding yes.

To avoid singling out any one company or sucessful lawsuit, I will instead use data from an essentially fictional workplace

Position 1: Position 2:

Applicants: Hires:

null hypothesis-- this difference is due to chance.