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The Robert Hall Clothes Inc in Wilmington Delaware are paying men and women different wages for essentially the same job This is morally wrong because it is gender discriminationAThe management of Robert Hall learned in 1973 that it was entirely legal for them to pay male salespersons more than female salespersons Management feels that it is okay to pay women clerks less because the commodities that they sell cannot bring in the same profit margins as the commodities the men sell The women argue that selling costs and profit margins do not matter because the skills efforts and responsibilities required of all clerks are substantially the same Also the women are not allowed to work in the mens department or vice versa which means they do not have an opportunity to make as much as the menThe management of Robert Hall must decide if women and men should be paid the same wages If they decide not to pay the women clerks the same wages then the morale of the women workers will decline and some women clerks might quit Management should make a decision quickly before women boycott their department storesBThe primary ethical value at stake is equality Robert Hall is discriminating against the women employees by paying them less than men and not allowing them to work in the mens department Kants philosophy states that everyone should be treated as a free person equal to everyone else It appears that Robert Hall is not treating their female clerks equal to the male clerks Another ethical issue to consider along with equality is that of fairness The management of Robert Hall is not being fair in distributing the goods of the company The women employees have the same responsibilities skills and efforts as the men if not more Rawlss philosophy assumes that a productive society will incorporate inequalities in distributing the goods Also Rawlss theory states that everyone should have an equal opportunity to
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