Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Court case of the future

  1. Jack was not hired in favor of Jill.
  2. Jack had a superior education to Jill.
  3. Jill was hired by virtue of greater intelligence than Jack.
  4. DNA tests show that Jack lacks an allele of the XYZ gene associated with higher intelligence that Jill has.
  5. It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of one's genome.
  6. It is illegal for Jill to be hired for, in essence, having a gene that Jack lacks.
  7. Because genetic advantages may not be used as the basis for hiring, only education can be considered.
  8. Jack should have been hired.

The obvious question is how a employer determines if the advantage in intelligence was due to the XYZ gene or other factors. I tried to muddy the issue by giving Jack the better education.

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