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Affirmative Action Justified or Unwarranted Abstract Jack and Diane are both applying for a job in the advertising division of a leading national magazine Both of these applicants graduated from very reputable colleges Diane achieved a solid B average while Jack was rated slightly higher Both ranked in the top one-third of their graduating class Jack worked for a relative in a family owned advertising agency over the summer Diane who had to help out with her younger sisters and brothers took some required classes over the summer so she would have more free time during the school year She has no advertising experience Jack and Diane are both called in for an interview The personnel officer notes that both seem intelligent hard working and in need of the job Because of Jacks experience in advertising and higher grade point average he ranks slightly higher than Diane Who gets the job That depends on the company they are interviewing with In the past Jack would have received the job right away regardless of rating Two main reasons being because Diane is a woman and because she is black Until recently the firm wouldnt have even considered hiring her except possibly for a clerical position Today the situation is much different Diane may be hired for the very same reasons she was rejected in the past even though Jacks application looked better This reason is to make up for past discrimination To address this the company has implemented a plan to increase its number of minorities in its advertising division Through the plan no prospective employee may be discriminated against because of their race or sex This plan is also used when firing giving promotions and when layoffs take place Woods 6 Jack and Diane are fictional but the plan used to help them get their job is not This plan is known as affirmative action
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