Employment equity in Canada: making sense of employee discourses of misunderstanding, resistance, and support

McGowan, Rosemary A., and Ng, Eddy S. (2016) Employment equity in Canada: making sense of employee discourses of misunderstanding, resistance, and support. Canadian Public Administration, 59 (2). pp. 310-329.

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Abstract

Employment equity initiatives - redressing past inequities or discrimination by promoting the hiring of members of underrepresented groups are controversial and divisive. Although a national Gallup poll (1993) indicated 74 % of Canadians felt a person's qualifications should solely determine hiring decisions, many have little knowledge and understanding of the issue. Adopting a discourse analytic framework, this research explores employees' understandings and perceptions of an employment equity initiative in a mid-sized Canadian organization. Employment equity was seen as problematic and not well understood, and individuals eligible for employment equity initiatives were marginalized. This study contributes to identifying the misunderstandings and underlying sources of tensions with employment equity principles, legislation and administrative regimes.

Item ID: 57771
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1754-7121
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 11:07
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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