Justice, Fairness and Trust
Justice can be defined as an action of careful appropriation of rights to an individual without any bias (Cropanzano, Fortin & Kirk, 2015). As per the definition I think giving a person what he or she rightfully deserves could be said to be justice. I feel that fairness is the ability to pass judgment without the influence in our feelings or interests. The principles of justice are equity, equality and need. I believe that it is the high time we embrace justice in our day to day activities.
After assessment of the article the principle of equity stipulates that individuals should receive a share of the economic output in accordance to their input into the system. For instance, I think that it is fair that a person with higher education should be given a higher position than the one with lower grades. In a movie theatre or cafeteria, it is fair and just that the first come first served analogy is being applied. I feel that each person should be rewarded in accordance to how they expend their abilities and talents for the economic welfare.
In my opinion, many people are often discriminated against due to factors such as race, health conditions, sexual orientation, gender, levels of education or their positions in the organization. For instance, black people are often given lower positions or none at all compared to their white counterparts. The rate of unemployed black people in the United States was 8.4% while that of their white counterparts was 4.3% hence denoting inequality in terms of employment opportunities (Hoynes, Miller, & Schaller, 2012).
Women in our society have been discriminated against in work places and governance. I feel that most of the power is given to their male counterparts even though they are both qualified deserving similar rewards. Women are often given positions such as receptionists or secretaries since they are viewed as the weaker gender. In addition, they are paid lower pay than their male counterparts for similar job proportion. For every dollar that men earn, women only manage to make seventy seven cents (Desai, Ali, Fang, Thompson, Jawa & Vachharajani, 2016). Women have also become prone to domestic violence and I feel that it is the right time they stood up and fought for their rights. Reading the excerpt has made me desire to help women who are prone to discrimination in ways such as educating them on the rights available to them. Most of the high positions are given to men without much consideration that women can also do as well as men. There is also a perspective that men and women managers have different reactions (Caleo 2016). If a person finds a woman in a powerful position, the initial thought is that the deal will be blown off. It is not fair since different people have differing moral values.
Society perceives homosexuals or transgender people as not being normal’ and are mainly stigmatized even in work places. In consideration of trust, some people are discriminated due to their race or social society. For instance, black people are considered to be robbers and drug dealers who cannot be trusted by professional firms. Those who live in the ghetto are also considered in appropriate for some job opportunities. In my opinion, this is not only unjust, but also inhuman. The American dream stipulates that every individual should enjoy freedom and all are equal. Discrimination comes in to destroy the moral fiber and tandem that makes us human.
According to my thinking, women should be treated fairly and accorded the same rights as their male counterparts. They should be awarded the same privileges and opportunities in terms of job opportunities, promotion and executive positions. The society should change their perception that domestic work belongs to women. Additionally, activists should pressure the legislative institutions to institute equality and fairness to all citizens, whether black, white, men or women.
Caleo, S. (2016). Are organizational justice rules gendered? Reactions to men’s and women’s justice violations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(10), 1422.
Cropanzano, R., Fortin, M., & Kirk, J. F. (2015). How do we know when we are treated fairly? Justice rules and fairness judgments. In Research in personnel and human resources management (pp. 279-350). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Desai, T., Ali, S., Fang, X., Thompson, W., Jawa, P., & Vachharajani, T. (2016). Equal work for unequal pay: the gender reimbursement gap for healthcare providers in the United States. Postgraduate medical journal, postgradmedj-2016.
Hoynes, H., Miller, D. L., & Schaller, J. (2012). Who suffers during recessions?. Journal of Economic perspectives, 26(3), 27-48.