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The practice of doing something (such as hiring a person who belongs to a minority group) only to prevent criticism and give the appearance that people are being treated fairly.


Tokenism is allowing members of a specific group to participate in an activity or event solely to satisfy requirements of diversity.

found that women who believed that they had been hired because of their gender had lower job satisfaction.

Others found that persons hired for these reasons receive lower performance ratings from others. Because others tend to attribute the achievements to special hiring and not to hard work. “Perhaps they aren’t capable of the job.”
This is particularly damaging because it gives an excuse for bigoted people to deny prejudice.

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