We all know discrimination is still a big issue in the world, but ever heard of positive discrimination? It is the opposite of discrimination and whilst that sounds pretty good, it can also lead to the same problems as discrimination does. It happens between people with different origins, believes and gender.
A large part of the representation on company boards exist out of man. Female representation has been an issue in these last couple of years. Positive discrimination is there to make sure that changes. But is it also fair to the working male?
Positive discrimination in the workplace happens a lot these days. Whenever women and men with exactly the same experience and qualification apply for a job, positive discrimination occurs. The female candidates will get employed only to decrease the proportion of men and women working in that position.
Having women working and being positive members of society instead of stereotyping them as house wife of the family who is taking care of the kids is good for a society’s development. Rather than putting women in the traditional role, taking them in board of a company can really help with getting better results. In this way, different points of views and expertise are being considered that might haven’t even been discussed by a boardroom that only consists out of men. A woman analyses things differently than a man would, that’s just the way it is.
Some people find the positive discrimination towards women unfair to men. It isn’t right to rather employ women just because they are the minority. Especially when it means hiring unsuitable people just to create balance between male and female. Positive discrimination can also result in women getting an higher income and better contracts. This last one I find very unfair. People should get paid equally for the equal work they do. I agree with the fact that more should be in boards of companies but it can’t be that a female gets paid better than a men for exactly the same job.
Of course positive discrimination not only happens on the work floor and between men and women. It happens in many more places and between different groups of people. I think there should be a line somewhere in between the fact that women are getting a job quicker than a man would and the fact that women get paid higher for exactly the same work, because that really doesn’t make sense to me.
Charlotte Jansen, A4d