The central thesis of this paper researched, to what extent the literature
pertaining to sex-related Access Discrimination; was clarified by the
relative complexity of selection decisions and the point at which and the
order in which sex is used as a critical decision variable for
elimination-by-aspects, if at all.
A comprehensive review of the sex-related Access Discrimination
literature indicated major inconsistencies. Reconciliation; it was argued,
could be achieved through an empirical manipulation of the following
variables: Subject sex, Position title, Job information, Education, Reference material, and applicant sex.
In order) the above independent variables formed the factors within a
split-'plot factorial 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 . 2 X 3 Analysis of Variance. The above
material was presented to 224 student subjects, in the form of a 34 page
Results on three separate dependent variables [Hireabl11ty, Salary,
Potential for long service], revealed that sex was eliminated as an irrelevant decision factor only when information complexity was high J and associated ambiguity was low.
Such a result verified the validity of the proposed reconciliation of the
sex-related Access Discrimination literature.