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Ethics guides most of our decisions and directions predominantly influenced by laws or religion. Ethics serves as a guide to identifying right or wrong. Often society does drive ethics in the absence of laws or religion and the basic principles of doing what feels right; however, ethics is not always followed when the one has to make a decision between what is right and what is better for the larger group. Affirmative action, with the right intent may be perceived as unethical by others based on mandating companies and universities to hire a certain number of minorities in their organization, regardless of others who may be best suited for the job. Unfortunately, regardless of the organization’s opinion in affirmative action, diversifying is their only option as they are mandated the federal government to have an affirmative action plan. Workplace diversification and ethical beliefs have changed over the years because of technology. Employees can work for the same company but reside in different counties through the ability to communicate using the Internet and e-mail. Diversity has added a different dimension and complexity to the organizations with varying ethical beliefs and judgments (Mele & Sanchez-Runde, 2013) from its employees. Global companies are faced with evolving beliefs and ethical reasoning to safeguard multiculturalism and employees are challenged with adapting such to change resulting in opposing ethical dogmas. Issues in diversification and perceived unfairness have gained unwanted attention not only with employees but lawmakers. Laws have been put into place to warrant impartiality with its current employee and future employees. Title VII Act, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted to protect the m... ... middle of paper ... ...e others may see it as unethical. Intolerable behavior by companies, despite abiding by the laws, has an alternate solution and leaving the company may be the best answer. Companies have put in place processes which diminish any perception of unfairness such as pre-employment testing, but like most laws, there are always loop holes in the laws and in the intent. Lawyers can push laws as long as it can be defensible; therefore, as individuals, we must rely on our own ethics and decide what is tolerable behavior or not by companies we work for. Laws such as affirmative action is in place because of history of discrimination and the right intentions are for the greater good of others; however reverse discrimination is an issue not only for individuals but also for companies who are trying hire the best person for the job regardless of ethnicity, race or gender.

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