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    Re: Protected Classes: Expand, Reduce or Maintain?

    Quote Originally Posted by evensaul View Post
    So the question for this thread is: Should federal law protecting classes of people against discrimination in employment be expanded and, if so, to cover which additional groups? Or should federal law remain as-is? Or should the list of protected classes be pared down in some way?

    I'm thinking that employment should also not be denied on the basis of political ideology, alcoholism, low IQ, natural body odor and flatulence, because those are all immutable characteristics of an individual.
    While discremination protects against unfair treatment of one's candidacy to an available job, labor remains essentially a market and employers are allowed to choose the best candidate to fill their position.

    It is perfectly understandable that someone with alcoholism, low IQ, natural body odor and flatulance would not be in the end, the best fit to join a company. Choosing the best candidate, thus, not the smelly and dense individual, does not constitute discrimenation but rather, objective labor market at work.

    Political ideology is not immutable
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