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Discrimination and ethical questions

The website should be a bookmarked site for any individual who is working as or plans to work as a manager in a business with more than one (i.e. the owner) employee. This website contains the information which the Federal Government expects companies and businesses to use and follow with respect to hiring, firing, and disciplining its employees. It explains disabilities, how to handle them, and when to use them in making hiring decisions. It also provides information about "protected classes," in which people must be a member before they can claim "discrimination."

You should plan to visit the EEOC website to help work through this ethical dilemma faced by Paul and Mary, two managers in the company, "The Lemon Tree." Read through the fictional dilemma (attached), and then choose the subject of discrimination discussed therein. Some of this seems obvious, but others aren't as easy to determine as they seem. Read the dilemma, and then briefly discuss.

1. What is one aspect of Title VII that has been violated by the company?
2. Which actions by the two employees that call their credibility into question are you allowed, as an employer, to consider? Or, what types of actions are you not allowed to use and why? Are there any you wish you could use?

Support your answers to the questions above with a law or business reason.

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1) The company has participated in reverse discrimination with the downsizing of 25% of the white males just to be in compliance with a diversity policy from HR (discrimination in discharge due to sex). Unless there is documentation that this group of white males were less talented for the job they did than those that must now complete said jobs, this is just as much discrimination as the act of not hiring minorities, which violates affirmative action, monitored and part of the EEOC.

2) In dealing with Jackie, her sex-change cannot be considered for ...

Solution Summary

Discussion on the actions of a company based on suspected sex discrimination, drug test actions, and possible company espionage, some involving Title VII, and some dealing with ethics.