By John D. Skrentny
What function should still racial distinction play within the American office? As a kingdom, we depend on civil rights legislation to deal with this query, and the huge Civil Rights Act of 1964 probably responded it: race mustn't ever be an element in office judgements. In After Civil Rights, John Skrentny contends that when a long time of mass immigration, many employers, Democratic and Republican political leaders, and advocates have followed a brand new technique to deal with race and paintings. Race is now correct not just in damaging instances of discrimination, yet in additional confident methods besides. In present day place of work, employers commonly perform "racial realism," the place they view race as real--as a role qualification. Many think worker racial modifications, and infrequently immigrant prestige, correspond to special talents or evoke fascinating reactions from consumers or voters. additionally they see racial range with a purpose to bring up place of work dynamism. the matter is that after employers see race as necessary for organizational effectiveness, they can be in violation of civil rights law.
After Civil Rights examines this rising technique in quite a lot of employment occasions, together with the low-skilled quarter, expert and white-collar jobs, and leisure and media. during this very important ebook, Skrentny urges us to recognize the racial realism already taking place, and lays out a sequence of reforms that, if enacted, could deliver the legislation and lived adventure extra in line, but nonetheless stay respectful of the necessity to shield the civil rights of all workers.
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