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Recently a court ruled that current law allows companies to reject a job applicant if working in the job would entail a 90 percent chance that the applicant would suffer a heart attack. The presiding judge justified the ruling, saying that it protected both employees and employers.

This use of his court ruling as part of the law could not be effective in regulating employment practices if which of the following were true?

(A) The best interests of employers often conflict with the interests of employees.
(B) No legally accepted methods exist for calculating the risk of a job applicant's having a heart attack as a result of being employed in any particular occupation.
(C) Some jobs might involve health risks other than the risk of heart attack.
(D) Employees who have a 90 percent chance of suffering a heart attack may be unaware that their risk is so great.
(E) The number of people applying for jobs at a company might decline if the company, by screening applicants for risk of heart attack, seemed to suggest that the job entailed high risk of heart attack.

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Originally posted by ps_dahiya on 17 Jul 2006, 22:05.
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New post 17 Jul 2006, 22:19
B, IMO , gives us a reason why this ruling can cause prolems. If there is no legally acceptable way determinig the risk, then there can be conflicting results. Employers might calculate a percentage which is <90%, but potenital employees might calcuate the risk as >90%, o vice-versa which will cause problems in employment practices.
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(B) No legally accepted methods exist for calculating the risk of a job applicant's having a heart attack as a result of being employed in any particular occupation.
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New post 17 Jul 2006, 22:34
Clear winner B.

Employment practices are supposed to be fair.
IF no legally accpeted methods are present to find the chances of a person suffering a heart attack then the ruling cannot be a fair emploemtn practice.
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if B is true, then the argument doesn't make sense

so B should be IT
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New post 19 Jul 2006, 03:13
B, but not sure I can rule out A that easily
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Can rule out everything else...B is the winner
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New post 19 Jul 2006, 03:38
I do not know if this one is a gmat question type btw for me it seems that B wins
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Can someone explain why option D and A are wrong?
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Why is e incorrect?

If the ruling is supposed to protect both the employer and the employee, wouldn't a decline in the number of applications hamper the growth of both?
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Megha1119 wrote:
Why is e incorrect?


If the ruling is supposed to protect both the employer and the employee, wouldn't a decline in the number of applications hamper the growth of both?


Here is my two cents on your doubts.
The decline in the number of applications may hamper the growth of both, but this is not true all of the time or in every situation.
The decline may hamper the growth of both as you said but it may be beneficial for both the employer and the employee, for instance in below situations:
Beneficial for Employer : By reducing the wastage of precious resources(cost, interviewers' time) on large no. of candidates, for a small no. of job posts.
Beneficial for Employees : By saving the applicants by not selecting them if they entail a 90% chance of suffering from heart attack if working in the job.

If E is true, the use of this court ruling as part of the law may or may not be effective in regulating employment practices.
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prashants412 wrote:
Megha1119 wrote:
Why is e incorrect?


If the ruling is supposed to protect both the employer and the employee, wouldn't a decline in the number of applications hamper the growth of both?


Here is my two cents on your doubts.
The decline in the number of applications may hamper the growth of both, but this is not true all of the time or in every situation.
The decline may hamper the growth of both as you said but it may be beneficial for both the employer and the employee, for instance in below situations:
Beneficial for Employer : By reducing the wastage of precious resources(cost, interviewers' time) on large no. of candidates, for a small no. of job posts.
Beneficial for Employees : By saving the applicants by not selecting them if they entail a 90% chance of suffering from heart attack if working in the job.

If E is true, the use of this court ruling as part of the law may or may not be effective in regulating employment practices.


Hey! Thanks a lot for the explanation. I get it that option 'e' need not always be true for the the ruling to hold true.
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