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Is it ethical to hire to fulfill a diversity mandate?

Is it ethical and moral to hire a less qualified candidate to fulfill a diversity mandate while overlooking a more qualified candidate? Does that make up for past discrimination or does it merely create more discrimination by not hiring the most qualified candidate? Does this apply to layoff situations as well?

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It is unethical to hire a candidate solely for the purpose of filling a diversity quota or mandate. Ethical business practices would dictate that the most qualified candidate is accepted into the position regardless of race, origin, or disability. By hiring candidates to basically fulfill quotas for diversity and affirmative action, while we are staying in ...

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This solution discusses the following diversity mandate scenario:

Is it ethical and moral to hire a less qualified candidate to fulfill a diversity mandate while overlooking a more qualified candidate? Does that make up for past discrimination or does it merely create more discrimination by not hiring the most qualified candidate? Does this apply to layoff situations as well?

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