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Emory Corp. Governance & Accountability Rev. Perspectives

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The purpose of this Essay is to argue that there may be a reasonable basis for companies to politically discriminate against potential and current employees, because of the extremely polarized political environment that exists in the U.S. today. James Damore's lawsuit against Google is used as an example of a situation in which political discrimination was justified. Instead of having to argue in court that it did not politically discriminate against Damore, Google should be able to concede that it did so and argue that the decision to fire Damore was in the best interests of the company. Any kind of discrimination may feel inherently wrong, but this Essay argues that political discrimination is different from other kinds of discrimination. In order to be successful and profitable, companies may need to politically discriminate against potential and current employees.

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