Affirmative Action: Employment Law

Affirmative Action: Employment Law

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Affirmative Action Paper
University of Phoenix
BUS/415: Business Law HRM/434 - Employment Law
Group ID: ON08BAM09
Instructor: Kenneth Kanouse, JD
January 22, 2009

Affirmative Action Paper
The term Affirmative Action can be described as a set of program or public policies put in place to eliminate perceived discriminations both in the past and in the present time in respect of employment and school enrolment issues. Perceived discriminations are ones based on race, religion, sex, national origin or color. The whole essence of affirmative action is to achieve a balance in employment opportunities and access to social facilities offered by public institutions such as universities, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies by having equitable representation of every racial and gender groups.
The focus of this paper is to examine the elements and the operations of affirmative action, the application of the concept to public and private sector employers, and the interaction with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for the purpose Equal Employment Opportunities. Prior to the advent of affirmative action, various measures in form of constitutional amendments, executive orders, and court rulings have been made by successive administrations to achieve equality among the citizenry and eliminate every form of discrimination in the society. The constitution outlawed slavery through the thirteenth amendment, every citizen is guaranteed equal protection under the law through the fourteenth amendment, and the fifteenth amendment to the constitution made illegal any form of racial discrimination in access to voting.
In 1941, the federal government made efforts to eliminate all forms of...

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