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Once upon a time there were two people who went to an interview for only one job position at the same company The first person attended a prestigious and highly academic university had years of work experience in the field and in the mind of the employer had the potential to make a positive impact on the companys performance The second person was just starting out in the field and seemed to lackthe ambition that was visible in his opponent Who was chosen for the job you ask Well if the story took place before 1964 the answer would be obvious However with the somewhat recent adoption of the social policy known as affirmative action the answer becomes unclear After the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964it became apparent that certain business traditions such as seniority status and aptitude tests prevented total equality in employment Then President Lyndon B Johnson decided something needed to be done to remedy these flaws On September 24 1965 he issuedExecutive Order 11246 at Howard University that required federalcontractors to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed without regard to their race creed color or national origin Civil Rights When Lyndon Banes Johnson signed that order he enacted one of the most discriminating pieces of legislature since the Affirmative action was created in an effort to help minorities leap the discriminative barriers that were ever so present when the bill was first enacted in 1965 At this time the country was in the wake of nationwide civil-rights demonstrations and racial tension was at its peak Most of the corporate executive and managerial positions were occupied by white males who controlled the hiring and firing of employees The US government in 1965 believed that these employers were discriminating against minorities and believed that there was no better time than the present to
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