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Your firm is hiring a new marketing manager and you and one of the other senior managers has been interviewing candidates. A candidate just completed the interview process and you felt that she had the skills and background needed for the position. After expressing this to the other manager he replied that this person would not be a good fit and that you should continue to search for another person.

The candidate in question had the following skills, background and characteristics:

Hispanic Woman
Masters Degree in Marketing
Worked for a competitor for the past 20 years
Based on your review of this situation answer each of the following questions:

Identify the possible heuristics and/or biases that may have influenced your co-worker's opinion.
Are there ethical or legal implications from making a hiring decision based on his opinion?
What would your response be to your co-worker?
How would you convince him that this person is right for the job and should be hired?

Note: I hope somebody can help our group about this discussion. Thank You

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This posting will look at an ethical dilemma that a hiring manager is faced when he/she believes that a co-worker decided not to hire someone based on their race or gender.

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On first glance, perhaps your coworkers was biased in their decision not to hire this candidate because they are Hispanic, and/or because they are a women.

Both are discrimination, there are laws in effect in which an employer can't discriminate against anyone because of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, color of their skin. This is called equal opportunity employer.

"Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the bases of race and color, as well as national origin, sex, and religion. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government."
-The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Unfortunately, many companies officially state ...

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