Minority Set Asides Case Study

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This week’s assignment was to write an essay based on the questions presented in this week’s case study, “Minority Set-Asides” from Moral Issues in Business. which is based on the Supreme Court case, City of Richmond v. Croson (1989). The case involves the aspiration to mandate set-asides in government procurement, however, it was reversed on the basis of constraint to use as a “remedy for previous discrimination”.
As Shaw and Barry (2001) explain, in 1989, the Supreme Court, in a 6-to-3 decision, ruled that the Richmond plan was in violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (p. 1). Furthermore, described by Shaw and Barry (2001), “in delivering the opinion of the majority of the Court, Justice O’Connor argued that Richmond had not supported its plan with sufficient evidence of past discrimination in the city 's construction industry” (p.1). However, the court’s decision was not unanimous. Other Justices option was that as Shaw and Barry (2001) quoted, …” Its proof includes statistics showing minority-owned businesses have received virtually no city contracting dollars;… testimony by municipal officials that discrimination has been widespread in the local construction
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Do you agree that affirmative action measures must meet the standard? I believe the plan should be tailored across the board to have a universal system to eliminate the guessing of a certain percentage. The plan should concentrate on true minority business that have qualified employees and produce a project or service that meets the standards of non-minority business. There should be oversight of the plan and work performed. Minority businesses should be held to the same standards as non-minority

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