Ethics of Diversity Management – Religious Discrimination in the Workplace


MGF5020 – Business Ethics in a Global Environment

Semester 1, 2017 Assessment Task 2


Introduction (10%)
To what extent are the purpose and outline of the paper clearly stated? Are the
ethical concepts and theories that will be considered, and their relationship to
the topic (issue) to be addressed, clearly identified?
Background (20%)
To what extent has relevant literature been selected for review? Does the
review clearly show how the evidence is related to the issue discussed?
Explanation (10%)
To what extent have the relevant tenets of the selected ethical theories been
clearly explained? Paraphrasing and correct referencing are to be used where
appropriate. Using your own words to present this part of the paper is highly
Analysis and Evaluation (30%)
To what extent have the previously presented theories been appropriately
applied to analyse the issue at stake, to evaluate the different perspectives
involved, and to adopt a position based on the examined evidence?
Personal reflections / Implications for business practice (10%)
To what extent has appropriate reference been made to personal experiences
(if available)? Have ethical business practices been recommended?  If
possible try to be specific about a particular circumstance where you may draw
on this approach to guide decision making in business.
Conclusion (10%)
To what extent has an appropriate conclusion been drawn from the whole
exercise? Does the conclusion clearly and concisely summarise the main
points from the previous sections? In this section, you may want to offer some
suggestions that require further research.
Clarity and quality of presentation (10%)
– To what extent does the report communicate a clear and coherent
– Are the language, grammar and referencing satisfactory?


Today, more than any other time in the history of the world, diversity management is an important aspect of organizational management because of the increasing interaction of cultures in the workplace (Broxil, 2010). The wave of globalization brought with it an impetus for people to move from one place to another and for organization to internationalize (Gotsis&Kortezi, 2013).  Global movement of workforce and business internationalization means the workplace of today is mixture of people from different gender, culture, race, social class, and may other diversity aspects. For managers, especially human resource managers, understanding how to deal with this diversity is vital to having high performing organizations. Diversity management in the workplace is manifested in different aspects like racial discrimination, equal pay for men and women, sexual harassment, denial of freedom to worship for Seventh Day Adventists, and many others (Armstrong & Stephens, 2012).