#2 Ethical Dilemma - Jay Glazer Christopher Bresnahan...

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Jay Glazer Christopher Bresnahan February 12, 2008 Ethical Dilemma It is unethical for employees to use genetic testing as a criterion for hiring. Although it is clear that companies could use testing to avoid high-risk employees, the testing is a violation of medical privacy. The only thing that employees should judge when considering a candidate is how the employee is going to perform his or her job. Anything else, whether it is race, gender, religion, or genetic predisposition to diseases, is irrelevant and is a form of discrimination. Anyone with a genetic predisposition to a condition will certainly face great challenges in their lives. However, to assume that this will spill over to their professional career is unfair. It is unethical for a supervisor to conduct the hiring process using a blood test to perform genetic testing regardless of whether the test is voluntary or involuntary. Making the test voluntary will create an unfair advantage for those that know that they have good genetics, and will unfairly discouraged qualified applicants from applying.
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