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Title VII and Affirmative Action

Describe the elements of Affirmative Action as it applies to public sector and private sector employers, and how it interacts with Title VII requirements of Equal Employment Opportunity.

a. What employers are subject to affirmative action plans and why?
b. What do the plans require employers to do?
c. What happens if employers do not meet the goals of the affirmative action plan?

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1. Describe the elements of Affirmative Action as it applies to public sector and private sector employers, and how it interacts with Title VII requirements of Equal Employment Opportunity.

Title VII is one section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin. However, for each of these discriminations, cases are tried on an individual bases. It is up to the employer to uphold Title VII regulations.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is a term used by the federal government to refer to employment practices that ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental ability, medical condition, ancestry, or age. The principle behind EEO is that everyone should have the same access to opportunities. EEO is legally mandated for all federal contractors and subcontractors.

AA is one aspect of the federal government's efforts to ensure equal employment opportunity. The purpose of affirmative action programs is to promote fairness (equal opportunity) and address the effects of past discrimination in employment by encouraging targeted outreach efforts to attract underutilized ...

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This solution describes the elements of Affirmative Action as it applies to public sector and private sector employers, and how it interacts with Title VII requirements of Equal Employment Opportunity e.g. what employers are subject to affirmative action plans and why; what employers are required to do; and what happens if employers do not meet the goals of the affirmative action plan.

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