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Considering the subject of affirmative action the following questions can be raised is raised Is there a clear understanding of affirmative actions rolesgoals What are the proscons of these programs What are the loop holes in the system Does seniority play a role in affirmative action Addressing these key questions may help administrators andor potential administrator in the publicprivate sector Affirmative action programs throughout the United States have long been a controversial issue particularly concerning employment practices publicprivate and university student andor staff recruitment Most public agencies have some type of instituted affirmative action program To understand the role andor goals of affirmative actions programs we should define what affirmative action is and what caused its development The phrase affirmative action was used in a racial discrimination context Affirmative action refers to various efforts to deliberately take race sex and national origins into account to remedy past and current effects of discrimination Its primary goal is to ensure that women and minorities are widely represented in all occupations and at all organizational levels Another definition of affirmative action is planning and acting to end the absence of certain kinds of people-those who belong to groups that have been subordinated or left out-from certain jobs and schools Tracing the history of affirmative action laws against racial discrimination have proved inadequate for workplace integration because they often provide remedies only after the fact Affirmative action requires proactive steps to provide equal opportunities in employment as well as access to education Many affirmative action programs were born from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII references to affirmative action programs were brought about because of the history of discrimination in the United States certain groups are viewed as disadvantages in the current marketplace Thus affirmative action laws impose temporary requirements to correct underutilization of these groups eg goals and timetables for increasing the number of minorities and women in a facility Prior
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