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Diversity and Ethics in Personnel Psychology Situations

Consider the following situations:

1. Martin is the best candidate for a Trainer position. Martin has a scar running from his eyebrow to his jaw line on the right side of his face.

2. Gerard is an IT Specialist and his co-workers have complained of his body odor.

For each issue, determine:

(1) whether it falls under the category of diversity, and
(2) how you would address the issue.

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1. For each issue [below], determine (1) whether it falls under the category of diversity, and (2) how you would address the issue.

a. Martin is the best candidate for a Trainer position. Martin has a scar running from his eyebrow to his jaw line on the right side of his face.

Although disability is considered a diversity issue, a facial scar is not listed as a disability type (see http://www.silcofillinois.org/pwd-employment-workplace.htm#Legal%20Definitions%20of%20Disability).

The scar should not impact your decision to hire Martin, however, or else the process is biased towards people who have certain physical attributes (e.g. no scars), when it should only be determined by the person's ability to meet the job requirements, as Martin does. It says a lot about the integrity of the company. In other words, hire Martin if he is the best candidate for the Trainer position.

b. Gerard is an IT Specialist and his co-workers have complained of his body odor.

Personal hygiene is not necessarily a diversity issue (only if it is linked to disability issues, such as a disease of the liver or kidneys) and some organizations do address expected personal hygiene in their employment policy, while others do not. Although various solutions are proposed and differences in who should be the one to address the problem of body odor, employee, employer, supervisor, human resources, or out-side consultants), the common thread is that ...

Solution Summary

Referring to the two scenarios e.g., scar on face and body odor, this solution discusses whether it falls under the category of diversity, and how to address the issue. Supplemented with two supporting articles on how to deal with excessive body odor. References are provided.

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