Shemekia or Sally?Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Alex Tabarrok on names. Of course people discriminate in terms of names on resumes. And it’s not just between black and white, but more likely, between male and female. Of course they discriminate when they see the person in front of them. So? Why is it so evil to discriminate for or against certain attributes when employing others in your business?
I’ve been discriminated against because I wouldn’t contribute to “diversity.” I’ve been discriminated against because I’m a “Karen” and not a “Joe.” Life goes on. But, in my field, I’ve even been favored because I’m a woman. (Women are seen as “taking over” the CPA profession; they are typically in higher demand then men in this profession.) For instance, how many people might discriminate against a morbidly obese individual for a job position that requires tons of energy? Is it fair? Maybe not, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Employers are out to make the decisions that best suit their immediate needs. They are not there to make life fair and equal for all of us.