Business Ethics - Discrimination

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Business Ethics – Term Paper
March 21/13

Discrimination
Introduction
Discrimination is defined as distinguishing something from something else (i.e. don’t hire him because he has no experience). Unjustified discrimination is distinguishing something from something else on a basis that is not justified (i.e. don’t hire him because he is black). The term discrimination commonly replaces the term unjustified discrimination in business, philosophy, psychology and day-to-day community life.
In a just and fair society, such as we Canadians aspire to, a job applicant’s race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, orientation, mental ability, or physical condition should not disadvantage them in career choices or job competitions. If a short
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The outgroup may develop a sense of entitlement that is not supported by the majority of the workers.
Affirmative action may cause a widening of the gap (and an affirmation of bigotry) instead of a diverse and inclusive work force. For example, a white man at a steel factory may think that he got his job because he is qualified for it while being angry that the Asian man only got hired because there were no other Asians working in the plant and the hiring manager did not want to be discriminating.
Pros
Assistance in obtaining a desired job may be necessary for members of an identifiable disadvantaged group, or outgroup, since discrimination may make it difficult to establish a career. For example, men can be excellent nurses, but if a female hiring officer doesn’t understand or embrace the benefits of diversity, the obstetrics ward would have all female nurses. Another example might be a hair dressing trainee who is in a wheelchair; this applicant may have more obstacles to overcome and more convincing to do with a prospective employer. It is not fair, or just, that these applicants would have to be much better that the “normal” kind of applicant in order to be desirable to the employer. This “assistance” is given in affirmative action plans such as requiring employers to choose the disadvantaged applicant when all other skills are equal.
Affirmative action makes working in different areas more desirable. Ex, Okanagan College has free introductory

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