Affirmative Action

Essay by MsLadyUCollege, UndergraduateB, July 2008

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"Affirmative action means positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded (Fullinwider, R., 2005)." A plan was developed to ensure that women and minorities received the same opportunities as whites in education, employment, and contracts, which is called affirmative action. Executive Order (E.O.) 11246 mandated Affirmative Action. Individuals who benefit from affirmative action must have legitimate job or educational qualifications. This paper will look at the relationship of Affirmative Action and the Title VII requirement of Equal Employment Opportunity. In addition, the paper will describe the elements of Affirmative Action as it applies to the public and private sector employers.. This report will explain which employers are subject to affirmative action plans and why. It will also describe the plans requirements, what happens to employers who do not meet the goals of the affirmative action plan.

The connection between Title VII and Affirmative Action is both laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace. The affirmative action programs were birth from Title VII to prevent the dominance of the white male in the workplace. The goal of affirmative action is to ensure that women and minorities are represented at all levels within an organization. In the public sector, the affirmative action requirements are applied to public universities. Public universities must have policies in place to ensure that faculty members and other employees as well as individuals seeking employment with the university are provided with equality.

In the private sector, companies who hold federal contracts must adhere to E.O. 11246, which dictates that they must not discriminate in "hiring, termination, promotion, and pay on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national origin (Bennett-Alexander, D. D., Hartman, L. P., 2007)." In addition, E.O. 11246 requires...