Human Resource Management in a Business Context, 3rd edition
by Alan Price
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Race, Disability and Age
Chapter 17 of Human Resource Management in a Business Context (2nd Edition) by Alan Price - published by Thomson Learning
The purpose of this chapter is to:
- Evaluate the causes and extent of racial discrimination in the employment market.
- Analyze the basis and effects of institutional racism.
- Assess the effectiveness of legislation in the reduction of disability discrimination.
- Consider the increasing significance of anti-age discrimination initiatives.
The financial impact of race discrimination
Race and performance
The Parekh Report
Race and ethnicity legislation
This chapter focused on three areas of workplace discrimination: race, disability and age.
We observed that all societies appear to favour certain groups more than others and that
most developed societies have attempted to combat prejudice, favouritism and discrimination
by introducing relevant laws. Each of the forms of discrimination that we have covered
have complex causes which are not easily countered by legislation.
Much of the available material on race discrimination at work is to be found in more
general books on racism and ethnicity. Stereotypes and Prejudice edited by Charles
Stangor (published by Psychology Press, 2000) is a collection of readings on stereotypes,
prejudice and discrimination. Theories of Race and Racism edited by John Solomos
and Les Back (published by Routledge, 1999) another collection of readings. Responding
to Racism in Ireland edited by Fintan Farrell and Philip Watt (published by Veritas
Publications, 2001), and Race, Colour and Identity in Australia and New Zealand
edited by John Docker and Gerhard Fischer (UNSW Press, 2000) concentrate on those
specific countries. Discrimination and Human Rights by Sandra Fredman (Oxford
University Press, 2001) focuses on the role of human rights law in combating race
discrimination. For Ageism issues see: Age Discrimination in the American Workplace:
Old at a Young Age by Raymond F. Gregory (published by Rutgers University Press,
2001); Older People and Work by Ali Taqi (International Labour Organisation, 2003);
and Age Discrimination by Employers written by Kerry Segrave (McFarland & Company,
2001). Texts on disability issues include Disability Discrimination by Andrew
Hogan (published by EMIS Professional Publishing, 2001 in the UK) and Employment,
Disability, and the Americans With Disabilities Act: Issues in Law, Public Policy, and
Research (Psychosocial Issues) edited by Peter David Blanck (published by Northwestern
University Press, 2000).
Problem for discussion and analysis - the Black Workers' Support Group