Deception in Racism in Hiring Study

TitleDeception in Racism in Hiring Study
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , Diversity , SOCIOLOGY
AbstractIn a recent study, pairs of men, one white and one black, were sent out to apply for jobs in Chicago and Washington D.C. The members of the pairs had similar physical, personality, and speech characteristics and were given fake resumes with similar backgrounds. Both individuals in a pair applied for the same jobs, and the results of their efforts were compared. In one quarter of the 476 test cases, the employers exhibited racial bias. Was the use of deception in this study morally justifiable?
NotesCase from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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