Skip to comments.UK: White men could be legally blocked from jobs under new anti-discrm. laws being considered
Posted on 03/16/2008 12:18:56 PM PDT by yankeedame
By DANIEL MARTIN
Last updated at 19:11pm on 16th March 2008
White men could be legally blocked from getting jobs under new anti-discrimination laws being considered by Labour.
Employers would be able to give jobs to women or ethnic minority candidates in preference to other applicants, under the plans unveiled by equalities minister Harriet Harman.
If two candidates were equally qualified for a position, employers would be able to reject the white person or the man in favour of a black person or a woman.
But the plans are due to be criticised by business leaders and last night, even equalities campaigners expressed doubt.
Miss Harman - known as Harriet Harperson for her politically correct views - wants to look at how to bring U.S.-style "positive action" to Britain, saying it is vital to ensure the workforce more accurately reflects the demographic make-up of the population.
She says too many women and people from ethnic minorities are being held back because they cannot break through the "glass ceiling".
The new laws would only come into play where two equally qualified candidates had applied for the same post, allowing the employer to tip the balance in favour of minority candidates.
Businesses would not be compelled to favour the female or black candidate but the law would be changed to ensure they could not be sued for turning down a white man.
The proposals would also allow universities to select more female students in male-dominated subjects such as science.
But equal rights campaigners said the new rules would have a limited effect, and that action should be targeted on equal pay.
Katherine Rake of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns on equal pay, said: "How you would really hold that up in a court of law is not clear and, if it isn't, employers may be reluctant to use it.
"You are probably talking about a handful of cases."
The present law says employers are allowed to say they welcome applications from minority candidates, and they are allowed to promote jobs to specific groups.
Theresa May, Conservative spokesperson for women, said: "One of the real problems facing women today is the gender pay gap.
"If Harriet Harman really wants to help women in the work place she should strengthen the existing laws on equal pay. We have recently put forward proposals to do just that and our proposals would have a real impact on women's lives."
A spokesman for Harriet Harman said: "This is under discussion but no decisions have yet been made."
The changes would be included in the new equalities Bill, which will also give new rights to mothers to breast-feed in public. Golf clubs would have to give female players equal access.
Miss Harman also wants to force companies to conduct "pay audits", reviewing staff salaries to ensure they are not underpaying women.
But she is facing opposition from within the Cabinet on this from ministers who are worried about antagonising business yet further.
Last year Miss Harman called for all-black shortlists in constituencies with high ethnic-minority populations.
She said that unless action was taken, it would take decades for the make-up of the Commons to accurately reflect the make-up of British society.
But the plan immediately came under attack from ethnic minority MPs on the Labour backbenchers - saying black people should be selected on merit
Orwellian term: “equalities minister.”
Equality of outcome v. Equality of Opportunity is the goal that, once met, will be exceeded.
A: A black one-legged jobless lesbian unwed mother.
you left out atheist dwarf
Not to forget atheist, democrat voting and child aborting.
Yep. "Favoritism is equality, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength." You can't say the lady isn't consistent.
you left out ILLEGALS
“A: A black one-legged jobless lesbian unwed mother.”
I was going to say a Black, blind, lesbian Ferret farmer but yours is pretty good.
What are the Brits complaining about? Here in America, a minority person whether he is equally qualified or not gets the position before the white person.
We seem to be applying affirmative action to our presidential selection process....
If there was such blatant discrimination against natives, the rage over that and the lack of protection against criminals is going to bubble up into a new regime. “Rights for English first. Safety for all.”
This is going to blow up very badly.
Is Barak “Barry” Hussein Osama Obama also running for office in the UK?
It sounds like a plan thought up in that church of his.
First time I have encountered that term.
"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."
“UK: White men could be legally blocked from jobs under new anti-discrm. laws being considered”
You could cut the irony with a knife. I wonder if the government recognizes that?
I was so incensed, I called the dept. head at state capitol and told him I could not afford to travel to more job interviews just to be chosen and then rejected by the state authorities.
After I complained, in a short time I was called for a 4 month temporary job at the rank for which I was registered. While in that capacity, I finally got on permanently.That is where I learned to hate the beaurocracy from the inside.
It is darned frustrating to be rolled for a job by a less qualified applicant just because of the color of our skins.
Only to a liberal does discrimination against one group constitute equality.
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Power
Q: Who is most privileged in today’s America?
A: A black one-legged jobless lesbian unwed mother with AIDS that is an illegal alien.
Two wrongs do not make a right, except when you're turning left.