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the main purpose of a nondiscrimination policy in the workplace. Like many feminist theorists, Nussbaum agrees in the concept of women as persons (Garrett, 2002). And like Rawls, her theory attempts to explain the concepts of equality and fairness as social desert for all. Her theory is similar to Rawls in that she believes namely, that all human beings, just by being human, are of equal dignity and worth, no matter what their place in society, and that the primary source of their value is a power of moral choice within them, a power that consists of the ability of an individual to plan his or her life in accordance with his or her own evaluation of ends (Nussbaum, 1999). She believes that these are the essential components to liberal political thought (Nussbaum, 1999). In her theory, Nussbaum discusses equality in a similar fashion to Rawls. She asserts that the moral equality of individuals gives them a fair claim to certain means of treatment by society and politics (Nussbaum, 1999). She claims that this treatment must accomplish two objectives: 1) respect and promote the liberty of choice, and 2) respect and promote the equal worth of persons as choosers (Nussbaum, 1999). At the core of Nussbaum’s theory on human rights are what she terms the basic capabilities (Garrett, 2002). The seventh and eighth capabilities contain components salient to workplace discrimination. A section of Nussbaum’s seventh capability is being able to be treated as a dignified being whose worth is equal to that of others (Garrett, 2002). Without nondiscrimination policies in the workplace that serve

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