Discrimination and the PMI Code of Ethics

Posted on March 19, 2010 by


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Discrimination is behavior towards a member of a certain group based on their membership of that group rather than their individual qualities. Hiring only people of a certain race, giving certain assignments more often to either men or women, and recruiting just younger individuals are all examples of discrimination. The fourth mandatory Fairness standard in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (http://www.pmi.org/About-Us/Ethics/~/media/PDF/Ethics/ap_pmicodeofethics.ashx) is “4.3.4 We do not discriminate against others based on, but not limited to, gender, race, age, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.” A project manager who discriminates is not only breaking PMI’s Code of Ethics, they are violating United States federal laws and similar laws in the European Common Market. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has some straightforward information on discrimination laws at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html. If someone believes that they have been discriminated against, they may ask the EEOC to perform an investigation.

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