Friday, August 24, 2012

Can a person be barred from employing "young people"?

That's my question after reading about New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who "has been stripped of his committee chairmanship, barred from employing young people, and censured after an Assembly committee determined that he had sexually harassed two female employees this summer." The details are that he cannot hire anyone under the age of 21.

This seems kind of unfair to 19 and 20 year olds. Obviously it would be illegal to bar him from employing females, but it's hard to really see an ethical distinction here.

Here's a tip: if the guy is such a scoundrel that there is a whole class of people that he can't be trusted to employ, he's gotta go.

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