Equal Outcomes In The Workplace

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The United States political system has enacted numerous policies in order to ensure the equality promised by this motto among all the people of this Nation. Due to the discrimination that is sadly, still a part of this society, blacks, Indians (of both vernaculars), Hispanics, women, gays, and the disabled are sometimes denied the opportunity to the outcomes enjoyed by the majority. Policy makers fight every day concerning a persons ability to receive the same equal opportunities and equal results (or outcomes) as everyone else. It is important to distinguish the difference between equal opportunity and equal outcomes. An employer who offers equal opportunity does not discriminate based on a persons race, creed, or disability. That employer makes sure that everyone has a chance to achieve a certain outcome. Equal outcomes is making sure that everyone ends up at the same place. For instance if a crippled man and a Olympic runner were to race, in order to achieve an equal outcome the crippled man would have to start well before the Olympic runner. Equal outcomes is rooted in discrimination because it looks at a persons race, creed, or disability in order to place them where they can finish the race at the same time. Each of these policies have beneficial effects on our society. Equal Opportunity employment has made it possible for people of all races to enter the national workforce, avoiding the discrimination of the past. By doing so it has diversified the workplace adding new levels of thinking and efficiency. Equal Outcome policies have made sure that all races, creeds, and peoples with disabilities are proportionally represented in the work place. This has sent a message to the minority that it is possible to for their group to succeed in a given workforce, thus giving them motivation to strive for the best and eventually eliminating the need for an equal outcome policy. With the implementation of such equal outcome policies, in time the workplace will become a equal opportunity for everyone. With the rise of equal outcome/equal opportunity policies, many problems have risen, however, that present a detriment to egalitarianism. Equal opportunity policies all too often go too far and focus more on equal outcome policies such as quotas. Quotas are hiring based on the percentage of a certain minority in a community. For instance, if there are two percent Asians, and ten percent Hispanics in an area, then a company will hire two percent Asians, and ten percent Hispanics. This is unfavorable because if a company has a position open and needs Asians to fulfill its quotas, they will pass over a more qualified white male to hire the Asian and meet its requirement. Though equal outcomes strives to eliminate discrimination, it forces employers to discriminate against a possibly more qualified individual in order to meet a quota. Analysis: If the United States Government were to implement a policy to increase equal opportunity what would be the effects? Companies would no longer be able to discriminate in the employment process, which in itself is the goal of equality programs. Equal equality programs represent social progress towards minority groups. The continuation of such programs is a sign that society is more readily accepting minority groups on a whole. This shift in societal mindset will be reflected in the views of Americas youth, and by doing so, killing discrimination more and more every year. An equal opportunity program would allow students from lower income, less competitive school districts to enter into a college experience that at one time was denied to them. This will better prepare the student for the real world. Equal opportunity policies, however, are often self defeating. Equal opportunity employment would make the employer focus on not discriminating in the hiring process. By focusing in on that the employer might make a decision based solely on the applicants race. By trying not to make a choice based on race,