We discussed in class the various issues facing HR with regards to discriminating against people that are different race, color, nationality, culture, or disability.
The U.S. has set up laws and regulations to protect people from being discriminated against and require companies to provide equal opportunitues to them. Some of the consequences for discrimination are pretty severe, and are the reasons most companies dont mess around with even an appearance of discriminating.
One issue however that my group mentioned was the fact that some companies are so worried about getting in trouble, that they hire/promote employees based on these laws, rather then on qualifications and experience. One guy said that between a white male with years of job related experience, and a black man just graduating from college with no experience, who would get the job? While it would obviously benefit the company to hire the white man because of experience, the company may deny him the position due to fear of government action for discrimination.
I conclude that laws of discrimination do protect certain people from being discriminated against, but also has the problem of discriminating against people with high qualifications, but wrong color, nationality, or gender.