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Prepare a 1,050-1,750-word paper in which you 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. Your paper should address (but is not limited to) the following:
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?
Be sure to include in your paper proper citations for each of these laws, including the week's reading.
Be prepared to discuss your findings in class.

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I. What Is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative Action is defined as the intentional inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace due to previous exclusion (Bennett & Hartman, 2007, p. 181). It consists of a statistical analysis of imbalances in representation of certain protected classes together with the steps that must be taken to improve their representation in the workforce. It is a very sensitive subject in the workplace setting as many employers and employees have complained about the affirmative action laws for years.

II. The Elements of Affirmative Action as Applied to Public & Private Sector Employers

Affirmative Action was created to ensure that women, minorities and other individuals with disabilities will be given equal treatment and service in universities, hospitals and police service. "The Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination which is defined as different treatment to individuals based on race, color, religion, gender, and national origin that are qualified to perform the job (Bennett-Alexander & Hartman, 2004)". In the public and private sectors, Affirmative Action serves to set standards to ensure that the newly hired employee adequately fits the position.

III. Affirmative Action & Title VII - Equal Employment Opportunity

Affirmative Action and the requirements of Title VII on the Equal Employment Opportunity interact with each other the program displays the efforts of the plan. Their objectives are similar in that they manifest a proactive plan to recruit and promote women, minorities and those with disabilities in the workplace. Affirmative Action Plans and programs have been enforced to ensure that past discrimination practices are being offset and that the person being hired is qualified to do the job.

Through the implementation of Affirmative Action and laws like Title VII, there has emerged a diverse workforce with equal employment opportunities. There have been countless incidents of Americans subjected to injustices all relating to ...

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Elements of Affirmative Action applied to public and private sector and how it interacts with Equal Employment Opportunity - Title VII. References are included.

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