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Conferences & lectures

Gender Libertarianism in the Workplace

Social Justice Speaker Series

DATE & TIME
Friday, February 14, 2020
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
SPEAKER(S)

Adam Hosein

COST

This event is free

ORGANIZATION

Social Justice Centre

CONTACT

Travis LaCroix
514-848-2424 x8970

WHERE

J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB-362

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Yes

Hosein-Image

Abstract. Gender stereotyping in the workplace is generally frowned upon and legally prohibited.Yet there remains an important exception: gendered dress and grooming codes remain common and are often permitted under U.S. anti-discrimination law. In this paper, I explain why some common reasons for limiting gender stereotyping do not apply in the case of dress and grooming codes and I make a novel argument for prohibiting such codes, one grounded in the value of liberty. This also has an important theoretical upshot: a full theory of discrimination needs to draw on multiple values, including both equality and liberty.

Adam Hosein is Associate Professor of philosophy and religion at Northeastern University. He works mainly in moral, political, and legal philosophy, with a special interest in areas of international concern and issues relating to race or gender.

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