Ethics of Workplace Discrimination

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Workplace ethics are standards or codes that determines right and wrong moral behavior in the work environment. Discrimination is defined as “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.” (Oxford Dictionary) Workplace discrimination deals with issues such as religion, race, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation. Covering all of these issues is beyond the scope of this paper, therefore, I will focus on age, gender, and race. Positive workplace ethics should be a part of every company. Employers are required by laws to ensure that employees are treated fairly in the workplace and not discriminated in the workplace. “One hundred years after the Civil War, President John F. Kennedy called on Americans to fulfill the nation's promise of equal rights and equal opportunities.” This was the first major legislation dealing with civil rights. Prior to this, he Unemployment Relief Act of 1933 stated,” t]hat in employing citizens for the purpose of this Act no discrimination shall be made on account of race, color, or creed. This was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 pertaining to employment practices. (EEOC) The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.” (EEOC.Gov) “D... ... middle of paper ... ...ov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm Gregory, Raymond F. “Age Discrimination in the American Workplace, old at a young Age, 2001, 1-18. Article Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. http://psychcentral.com/news/2009/10/09/gender-discrimination-in-the-workplace/8868.html The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission." National Archives and Records Administration website. http://www.nara.gov/education/cc/eeoc.html. Crosby, Faye J., et al,” Sex Discrimination in the Work place: multidisciplinary perspectives,” 2007, 8. (contributor John Wetchler, lawyer, Faye Crosby, social psychologist) Forbes: http://blogs.forbes.com/work-in-progress/2010/04/27/wal-mart-faces-the-largest-sex-discrimination-lawsuit-in-u-s-history/ Other sources: Oxford Dictionary www.oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_us1240761#m_en_us1240761
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