Privilege And Discrimination In Canada

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Queens University can be considered home to 24,500 of the most privileged young minds in Canada but to what degree does each individual’s privilege help him or her in future endeavors? I believe that privilege is one of Canada’s largest biases and that it affects our country politically, psychologically and socially. This report will briefly outline why I consider privilege, which afflicted with biases, to be a force that can negatively affect our country (the citizens in particular) in many ways. Lastly, I will reflect on the laws that are in place to deal with this discrimination and finally, end with my speculation of the future of Canada and how we should handle privilege and discrimination in the workforce moving forward. If you Google…show more content…
This is often the case with employers who subconsciously prefer one candidate to another due to various reasons outside of the job qualifications. Subconscious biases lead employers to ignore the occurrence of privilege, thus causing discrimination. This can be largely contributed to the similar-to-me effect where employers favor job candidates with similar backgrounds/attitudes as them (Johns & Saks, 2015). This is often seen in courtrooms when issues revolving around the matter arise. Privilege allegations are frequently ignored; leading judges to poorly address the issues of justice and rights and justice. Workforce discrimination is quite easily hidden or blamed on other aspects of the individual. The person being discriminated against can often go without knowing the true manor to the reason they maybe didn’t get the job or…show more content…
Will an individual who has an uncle in the company preform better than an individual who has experience and a great education? This law makes it too easy for companies to discriminate against minorities and get it away with it by hiring the candidate who has a personal connection to the firm. Many individuals who were not brought up with a business background may not know people in those types of positions and this makes it extremely challenging for them to get their foot in the door, let alone to move up once in. Although, in the private sector, nepotism benefits current employees who want to help their families, as well as helps businesses grow by incorporating common values of people who have been around the brand growing up, the act of promoting and hiring less qualified candidates can cause other employees to feel discouraged. Legal issues can also arise if a company advertises a vacant job and then fills it with an employee’s relative or friend who is less qualified than, say, a female or minority applicant because this goes against the Human Rights Code that states it is illegal to discrimination on these basis’s (Kneale, 2009). Because of this, many job posting are not advertised and therefore completely eliminates the possibility of outside

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