Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1991 (Revised August 2001)

Ann Hopkins (A)

by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. and Ilyse Barkan


Intended to help students understand the many barriers organizations face as their members and their management ranks grow more diverse. As a case on business ethics, it encourages students to discuss what "fairness" and "diversity" mean when an organization is also trying to create a sense of teamwork and "fit." Based upon the open court records of Ann Hopkins versus Price Waterhouse, a sexual discrimination and sexual stereotyping suit brought by a woman who was denied partnership at Price Waterhouse. (The court found in her favor.) Includes lengthy exhibits drawn directly from Price Waterhouse.

Keywords: Ethics; Employee Relationship Management; Organizational Culture; Organizational Structure; Problems and Challenges; Groups and Teams;


Badaracco, Joseph L., Jr., and Ilyse Barkan. "Ann Hopkins (A)." Harvard Business School Case 391-155, February 1991. (Revised August 2001.)