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Value of Diversity in the Workplace

From personal experience, select an issue in the work environment that may have been more successfully resolved by the presence of a diverse workforce. The paper should include the following:

a. Include a thorough description of the issue. Be sure to describe the ramifications of the issue on the organization.

b. Do not simply state that a diverse workforce would have been beneficial in the selected issue. Provide specific details regarding how diversity would have prevented the situation or would have facilitated a more successful resolution to the challenge. Justify your answer

Please include two sources

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a. Include a thorough description of the issue. Be sure to describe the ramifications of the issue on the organization.
My former employer, Johnson Electric, was a family owned company. The company employed electricians who provided electrical services for homes and businesses in the Tri-State area. The company had 20 employees and 19 of them were men. The company hired their first female electrician a few years back making the female electrician the second female in the company. The other female employee was the receptionist.

The female electrician was fully licensed and more dependable than her male counterparts. She was a single mother and had a family to support.

After a few years the female electrician remarried and a few months later she became pregnant. While there are laws that protect pregnant workers, the company felt that it was unsafe for a pregnant electrician to continue in the job and offered the female electrician a "buy out," which is when a company pays an employee to leave. The law protecting the female electrician is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The outline of the law is in 1978 the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was passed, giving protection to pregnant women. Prior to this law, women who were pregnant were terminated when they started to physically show that they were pregnant. Many women hid their pregnancies for as long as possible to avoid losing their jobs due to the fact that they were pregnant. (EEOC 1978)

Knowing the law existed, the female electrician refused the buyout and advised her employer of her intention to stay and return after her maternity leave. The company felt it had to protect itself and advised the female electrician that her last day was today, as the company could not take the chance that an accident would occur on the job that would injure the unborn child. The female electrician's doctor issued her a clean bill of health and at ...

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The solution discusses - From personal experience, select an issue in the work environment that may have been more successfully resolved by the presence of a diverse workforce. The paper should include the following:

a. Include a thorough description of the issue. Be sure to describe the ramifications of the issue on the organization.

b. Do not simply state that a diverse workforce would have been beneficial in the selected issue. Provide specific details regarding how diversity would have prevented the situation or would have facilitated a more successful resolution to the challenge. Justify your answer

Please include two sources

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