Affirmative Action Recommendation Term Paper

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Affirmative Action Recommendation for Affirmative Action

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and further legislative acts have also prohibited discrimination based upon gender, age, and disability status. To remain in strict compliance with these laws, it would behoove this organization to instate a policy of affirmative action, to create both the appearance and the reality of a diverse organization. It is also worth remembering that the Civil Rights Act of 1991 provides monetary damages to wronged defendants in cases of intentional employment discrimination ("Federal Equal Opportunity Laws," 2007, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity). An organization even perceived to be discriminatory can be the subject of damaging lawsuits, and the organization can also find itself on the 'wrong end' of damaging publicity, which can even become a greater drain upon the firm's finite resources.

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This does not mean that the organization needs to institute a rigid quota system, however, to become compliant with the specifics and the intent of federal EEOC legislation. A quota system, as you may know, earmarks certain jobs or a certain percentage of positions for persons of disadvantaged status, or persons who are of historically underrepresented minority groups. In fact, quotas are illegal in the United States, and universities such as the University of Michigan that have used quota systems have been forced by the U.S. Supreme Court to discontinue their practices (Kangas, 2006). But affirmative action, in contrast, is legal, and merely gives employers the right to take a successful and qualified applicant's status as a member of historically discriminated against group into consideration when evaluating his or her success.

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Of course, this causes opponents of the practice to scream: 'shouldn't merit alone be the determinant of a person's qualifications?' But even if race, gender, disability status, age, etcetera were not taken into consideration, the idea of merit is always a subjective concept. Whether an applicant is a team player, or has… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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APA Style

Affirmative Action Recommendation.  (2007, March 7).  Retrieved January 18, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Affirmative Action Recommendation."  7 March 2007.  Web.  18 January 2022. <>.

Chicago Style

"Affirmative Action Recommendation."  March 7, 2007.  Accessed January 18, 2022.