(Original post by cat_mac)
If the majority of his employees were white and racist, then is it not discrimination to not hire black people as it wouldn’t “optimise business”? The two aren’t mutually exclusive. I see your point but it’s still sexist to not hire a woman for her appearance, whether it effects the business or not.
If a woman is the best candidate for the job but doesn’t get it because she’d a “distraction” for being hot, that’s textbook discrimination. Same if he doesn’t hire a woman for having the potential to become pregnant. Wanting to optimise the company isn’t a good enough excuse for discrimination imo.
Ok, I admit my example with the beautiful woman was bad and frankly, unrealistic, dumb and sexist. I agree with your point for it being classed as discrimination aswell, My bad for posting that ridiculous example, again I was rushing a reply and didn't really think it through. But with my previous example with the early pregnant woman, or likely to get pregnant woman, I didn't say if she was the best candidate. And obviously, if she was, but was still denied, then it would be fishy, as surely her high level of work would offset her pregnancy leave.
But in my example she was not that. It was just a random woman who was average in a high demand business e.g. Finance, it would not be sexism to put someone else before her in a list. You could argue it was discrimination against her lifestyle, but again, the reason isn't gender, The only logical reason in this hypothetically non bias business is its because you'd prioritise the person thats less likely to take more breaks. That it be another female or male.
The economy should not take compromises for peoples choices. If this hypothetical woman had mentioned she doesn't intend to get pregnant soon but was still denied, then that'd be sexism / discrimination as the only logical reason for denial would be because of their gender. But if she mentioned she does still want to have a baby soon and was therefore denied, thats not sexism or discrimination, it was her conscious choice to decide to plan or become pregnant, and any person of reasonable intellect making that decision would recognise the consequences.
A CEO turning down candidates with the intention of optimising the company is a perfectly legit reason.