The Right to Discriminate Against Ellen Pao
by Jacob G. Hornberger sub-topic» General
Indeed, how can people in society truly be considered free if theyíre not free to associate with whomever they wish to associate? And doesnít the fundamental right of freedom of association necessarily entail freedom of non-association?
If Jane doesnít approve of Johnís hiring practices, she is free to decline to buy whatever his new business is selling. She also has the right to publicize Johnís hiring practices and to persuade other people to boycott Johnís business.
But Jane has no moral right to force John to hire her or anyone else. Thatís because itís his money and his business, not hers. Private property and individual freedom necessarily entail a right to run oneís business any way one wants