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Diversity issues in the  engineering workplace Jim Chandler Oct. 21, 2009
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Why are diversity issues important? As an employee you need to know your  rights. As a supervisor you need to know your  responsibilities.
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We will consider the issue from a  legal point of view. What does the United States law require? What issues are found in an engineering  workplace? Minimalist model of responsibility. 
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Discrimination Equity is treating the same that which is the same  and treating differently that which is different. Aristotle,  The Politics . The courts have ruled that we are not entitled to the  equal protection clause of the Fourteenth  Amendment unless we are “similarly situated.” All of us are equal, but some are more equal than  others. George Orwell,  Animal Farm . Aristotle defended slavery and thought that women  should not be citizens.
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Discrimination, cont’d… “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  The Social Contract . “I see two kinds of inequity in the human race:  “One, which I call natural or physical inequity because it is  established by nature, consists in differences of age, health,  bodily strength, and qualities of the mind or the soul.” “The other can be called moral or political inequality  because it depends on a kind of agreement and is  established, or at least authorized, by the consent of men.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  Discourse on the Origin and Basis of  Inequality among Men .
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Discrimination cases… Case one: Hiring A female who appears pregnant applies for a job requiring 50%  travel.  Can you ask her if she is pregnant?  Can you refuse to  hire her because she is pregnant, or would that be  discrimination? Case two: Discipline One of your minority engineers is late for work three times in the  last month.  Can you discipline him by assigning him all the bad  jobs, or would that be discrimination? Case three: Layoff You must lay off one of two engineers. Tom is 58 years old, has  30 years of spotty performance, and has talked about retirement.  Mary is 25, has good performance in her one year on the job,  and has great potential.  Can you lay off Tom and not be guilty of  discrimination?
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Discrimination, cont’d… Discrimination means, in this context, treating people  differently. Prejudice is a general feeling of dislike for people 
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