You may have heard of Chariot–a new female-only taxi service–is set to launch soon in Boston. While it sounds like a great idea–lots of women feel more comfortable driving with an unknown woman rather than an unknown man–I doubt it will survive the court challenges that are set to come.
What’s wrong with a female-staffed business that caters only to females (and male children up to age 13)? Well, lots of things. To make it easy to see the problem, simply switch the genders. What about a ride sharing service that employees only men? Or that says, “white people are more comfortable riding with white people, so we only hire white people and only give rides to white people and children of any race under age 13″? Yeah, the problem is pretty obvious.
There are some jobs where gender is actually a valid hiring requirement. It’s called a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) and it’s not handed out to make people feel more comfortable. For instance, customer preferences aren’t a valid reason for limiting your hiring pool by race, gender, religion, or another characteristic.
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