Targeting whie men in the UK....
Open season on white men....
White men could be stopped from getting jobs under controversial government plans to allow employers to hire ethnic minority and female candidates ahead of them.
Harriet Harman, the Minister for Women, has launched a consultation into proposals to scrap current laws that ban employers from taking race or sex into consideration when interviewing job candidates.
The plan is described as "positive action" rather than "positive discrimination" because it would not allow a candidate with worse job credentials to be given preferential treatment.
Instead, the measure involves giving employers the right to take race or sex into consideration when choosing between candidates with exactly the same qualifications.
The proposed change in the law could also affect universities, allowing them to select more female students in subjects areas such as the sciences where men have traditionally dominated.
Critics insisted these decisions were already being taken by employers and recruitment officers keen to boost numbers of women and ethnic minorities.
However, Miss Harman is said to believe radical action is needed to help all disadvantaged members of the community gain their full potential.