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Affirmative Action, Ethical Frameworks, Organizational Justice, Consequentialism
The current study explores some of the challenges associated with Affirmative Action (AA) by clarifying the relationship between individuals ethical frameworks and equality justice norms and their effects on attitudes toward AA specifically targeting African Americans. The study reveals that employer support for affirmative action plans and programs not only reduce negative attitudes toward AA but also moderate the effects of ethical frameworks and equality values on such attitudes. More specifically, consequentialist ethical values relate negatively and nonconsequentialist ethical values relate positively to attitudes toward affirmative action. Additionally, organizational support positively moderates the relationship between both equality norms and consequentialist ethical values and attitudes toward affirmative action for African Americans. Implications for future research and practice are offered.