Fairness In The Workplace Essay

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Fairness In the Workplace

American society is slowly, but surely, moving towards equality in the workplace. In the past decade laws have been passed that prohibit discrimination in hiring, retaining and promoting employees based on race, gender, disability and religious beliefs. Although not all groups have been included yet, the movement towards a more just workplace is evident. Nowadays, almost every single employer will have the sign 'Equal Opportunity Employer' under the name of the company, especially when recruiting. However, even though companies have adopted these standards as a part of their corporate culture, not all people are able to fully appreciate and accept diversity in the workplace. Although
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clients would think. These conservative clients have the fixed views that I am referring to, and as long as people are unwilling to be open-minded, to change or soften their views, there will be no true equality in the workplace.

As one way of expressing opinions, people develop certain expectations of members of other racial/ethnical/gender groups. There are also expectations that are based on traditions and earlier way of life, some of which are outdated. By outdated expectations, I am mainly referring to the way men still view women. Schwartz cites a CEO who asks this question, ?Why would any woman choose to be a chief financial officer rather than a full-time mother?? Such view of women as primarily maternal figures puts them at a disadvantage in the workplace. Schwartz discusses two kinds of women: family-career oriented and career primary. Those women who choose to focus on their careers just as much as men do, are confronted with a negative and distrusting view from their colleagues. This is definitely not a problem exclusive to United States. When Ellen was working in Bahrain, a Muslim country, a taxi driver asked her how many sons she has. Ellen responded by saying that she does not have any. The driver immediately expressed his genuine sympathy, ?I am so sorry?, he said. This issue spans across various cultures, since many religions consider women to be mothers before anything else.

It should be the woman?s right to decide what she decides to focus

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