ETH MODULE 4 CASE-Discrimination and Affirmative Action

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Running head: DISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 1 Discrimination and Affirmative Action ________________________ TUI University March 26, 2012
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DISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 2 Discrimination and Affirmative Action From a managerial viewpoint, the city of New Haven did not use good judgment in rejecting the test results. In fact, the test results demonstrate that discrimination remains prevalent. However, the New Haven incident could have been avoided with a more diverse workforce. In 2003, the New Haven Fire Department conducted a battery of tests to determine promotion eligibility. Promotable personnel including those who scored in the top third percentile, but even though Blacks and Hispanics did well on the tests, they were still not promoted. As a result, the Black and Hispanic population scored lower than their Caucasian counterparts raising further scrutiny relative to the test’s validity. The Supreme Court determined that the test was a key factor in racial discrimination and was meant to screen minorities from promotions (Totenberg, Nina, 2009). Essentially, if The New Haven Fire Department thought there was something wrong with the test, the test should not have been administered. The city decided to cancel the results because they were afraid of being litigated for discrimination. However, one should not suggest that people take a test and thereafter determine that the test is flawed once individual(s) have taken the test and passed it. No moral validity exists in condemning something once approved simply because expected results were not produced. Furthermore, diversity in the workplace is essential for today’s dynamic and constantly changing marketplace. For instance, many of today’s companies have embraced diversity, defining it as a compilation of cultural differences that includes all races, religions, and the like (Traub, Regan MacBain, n.d.). Furthermore, such
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DISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 3 companies as The Campbell Soup Company believe that “in order to compete and
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