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Forum Post: Is it okay for employers to deny specific jobs to people based on physical factors

Posted 2 years ago on March 4, 2012, 7:44 p.m. EST by craigdangit (326)
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Such as disability, age, race, or gender?

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[-] 3 points by thejuice (7) 2 years ago

Absolutely!! I would explain myself but its pretty obvious if you know anything about business. Time is money and in a physical atmosphere your not gonna make me any money if you are over weight constantly sick or just plain noticibaly lazy. I think everyone should have equal rights but in all reality its not possible for the work force. Peoples appearance tells me everything on there lifestyle and in most cases work habits

[-] 1 points by thejuice (7) 2 years ago

Sorry didn't see the last part of the post. Age race gender disability. Still in most cases I stand by my post. But race age to a extent and gender should ultimately not be a deciding factor. But my business I'm not gonna hire someone 58 plus cause it all goes back to productivity

[-] 2 points by Mooks (1985) 2 years ago

As a male dentist, I essentially must have a female assistant because 2 males in the room with one female patient, who may be sedated, is a can of worms I would not want to open in our lawsuit crazy society. I obviously can't advertise it as a female only position but in reality I would never hire a male.

[-] 1 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 2 years ago

No every midget should be a traffic cop.

[-] 1 points by DanielBarton (1345) 2 years ago

depends on the job

Disability- all depends on how the person is disabled also due to the disability act of 1973 clear up a lot of grey areas but it still depends on their skill set. For example if they would get the job with out their disability then they should get the job except if the disability does not let them complete the job. Its all very tricky HR departments know how to deal with all of that

Age- this one is common and is normal factor when hiring someone

Race- no reason to were all the same and also illegal though a lot of acting people do that but that all arts so i guess they don't have to follow the rules

Gender- depends on the job requirements if they both fit them then no reason but like someone else said a fireman has to lift so much weight so if they can do that as a girl then they don't get the job. So some jobs are gender bias based on what they can do

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

employers can deny any job for no reason

[-] 1 points by ThunderclapNewman (1083) from Nanty Glo, PA 2 years ago

Employers can deny employment based on job requirements. They can't deny work based on age, gender, race, religion, etc. that are specific to EOE. For example, a constuction company could deny a wheelchair-bound person employment as a connector (iron worker) because there's no expectation that the handicapped person could perform the task if access were somehow provided.

[-] 1 points by JPB950 (2254) 2 years ago

Like a firefighter has to be able to carry an unconscious body out of a burning building? Of course.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

your not from america are you? there are already laws that prohibit this

[-] 0 points by craigdangit (326) 2 years ago

But are the laws good? That's what I am wondering.

[-] 2 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

no of course not.. that why the laws had to be passed.. the practice of discriminating is rampant.. but they dont get you a job,, only a recourse of a law suit. now a days.. they say they wont hire you because you wouldnt be a good 'personality' fit with the company! you read in the papers all the time ,, you have to be 'social' with the co workers. likable , all that bull. nothing even to do with ability or knowledge. another reason for unions to stay strong..

[-] 2 points by craigdangit (326) 2 years ago

Unions discriminate based on ability. Someone I knew got kicked out of his union because he could no longer lift 75 lbs.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

yes i can see that.. you have to be able to do the job. what are they suppose to do with him? keep paying him for standing around? thats not discrimination. discrimination is if he Could lift 75lbs and they kicked him out for any other reason.

[-] 1 points by craigdangit (326) 2 years ago

Exactly. When a business doesn't want to hire someone who can't do the job as efficiently, or can't afford $10,000 for wheel chair ramps, people say they should take the hit and hire them anyway, because businesses have plenty of money. If a union doesn't want to serve someone, that's okay because there need to be guidelines.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

'as efficiently' doesnt count. most every job requires the ability to read simple instructions... yet companies are not forced to hire illiterates. the only companies required by law to provide wheel chair ramps are government ..

[-] 1 points by craigdangit (326) 2 years ago

That's not true. Most public commercial buildings are subject to title III of the Americans with disabilities act, and are required to provide such access.

[-] 1 points by ogrdanny (73) from Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

He needs a better union.

[-] 1 points by craigdangit (326) 2 years ago

Maybe so.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26706) 2 years ago

Could you be more specific?

If the job included standing on your head, certain disabilities may prevent some applicants, from acceptable performance.

[-] 0 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 2 years ago

Sure, many already do. Military enlistment, police officers, Hooters waitresses. All those have certain requirements. There are many others.

[-] 0 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

No!