Ethics Notes after midterm
Equality is freedom from adverse discrimination
Equality is thus – a process of constant and flexible examination of vigilant introspection
and of aggressive open-mindedness
Most concentrate on the best way to rectify the impact of the past
Equality in employment means that no one is denied opportunities for reasons that have
nothing to do with inherent ability.
Discrimination means that an arbitrary barrier stands between a person`s ability and his
or her opportunity to demonstrate it.
Having a workforce that reflects the general population. Hiring visible minorities who have
been disadvantaged when all the merits for the job are the same.
Trying to repay women and people of colour in the past by diversifying workforce today.
Some urban Police Departments view it as part of job application to be black to reflect the
population in that area – because they can do a better job and it is safer for them. Because
they have been through what the young blacks have and the young blacks can relate to
Allen Backman, white male denied admission to Stanford medical – he thought he was
qualified but they gave the position to a person of colour who wasn’t as qualified as he was.
Said we value Affirmative Action more than providing best doctors. This policy will lead to
Q: should affirmative action not be used for doctors
Purpose of Employment Equity
Approach based on individual instead of group remedies.
Remedial measures of a systemic and systemic kind are the object of employment equity
and affirmative action. They are meant to improve the situation for the individual who by
virtue of belonging to and being identifies with a particular group, find themselves unfairly
and adversely affected by certain system or practices.