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[Comments] (3) Legally Blonde: Last night in Business Law, the topic of discussion was employment law. Basically, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, otherwise known as Title VII, gives protected class status to seven groups of individuals, including race, color, age, disability, gender, religion, and national origin. As a white male, I am not a protected class, per se. But that's not the most disturbing part. As a blonde, I am discriminated against all the time; where's the protected class in that?

Each day we also have a classmate share an ethical thought. Yesterday's quote was astute and hit me pretty hard: "Is it ethical to do the right thing for the wrong reason?" For example, all of my VITA hours aren't necessarily for the betterment of society, but to further my skill base. So is it unethical to do service (as there is normally an alterior motive to simply serving others)?

And another question: Why do pessimists refuse to accept what they are and always say they are simply realists?


Posted by Joe Walch at Wed Mar 23 2005 10:49

That law (along with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act) says that you can't discriminate against people based on those characteristics, but Louise and I have a friend who graduated Magna Cum Laude in accounting finance with a 3.97 GPA who has interviewed nationwide, and still hasn't been offered a job. He is blind, and people just don't want to hire blind people. That is just one person out of many.
I also know of another friend who applied to a job with which she had a masters degree in the line of work and something like 800 hours of internship practice, and she was turned down for a this job that was in her field of work. They hired some guy with a bachelors in music, and NO internship experience instead of her. He had a higher visual accuity, and therefore more qualified, but if the employer doesn't say that you weren't hired because you are blond or blind, it is hard to have any case of discrimination

Posted by Susie at Wed Mar 23 2005 14:39

Which is why an employer will never say that. Unless they are a stupid supervisor and there is not HR person in the room.

Posted by Kristen at Wed Mar 23 2005 18:39

I am a 'pessimist', in your definition I think. I like to say I am a realist b/c pessimist sounds so pessimistic. hehe But seriously, I think that I see things more realistically, therefore a realist. It doesn't mean I see everything negatively. Also, I heard that pessimists are more often right than optimists. Then again maybe I am just sarcastic.


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