Affirmative Action Paper

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The purpose of this paper is to enlighten the reader on the subject of affirmative action. After reading this paper one will be able to answer what exactly affirmative action is and what employers are subjected to the plans it enforces. The reader will have a better understanding of what the affirmative action plans require for an employer to do. The reader will also have an understanding of what repercussions an employer will be subjected to if the employer does not meet the goals of the affirmative action plans. After reading this paper the reader will be able to take away a better understanding of affirmative action, its laws, how they are enforce, and what the consequences are if they are not.

Affirmative action is more than simply practicing equal employment opportunity or not discriminating (N.A., 2001). Affirmative Action involves efforts to maintain a balanced workforce with multiple classes of applicants and employees (N.A.,

2001). Employers are covered by affirmative action requirements they will have to recruit and hire more minorities and more females. "Under Executive Order 11246 (issued by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965), employers with 50 or more employees having federal non-construction contracts or subcontracts of $50,000 or more must prepare a written affirmative action plan within 120 days of the commencement of the contract (N.A., 2001)." According to this plan it must contain a detailed analysis of the employer's current workforce by race and sex. This plan also requires an analysis of whether minorities or females are statistically underrepresented or underused in the workforce (N.A., 2001). An employer must state in the affirmative action plan if the percentage of minority or female employees in a workforce is substantially lower than the percentage in a geographical labor area. It is a time consuming process for an employer to...