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    I need help with discussing the Affirmative Action Programs

    Details: Many organizations have established policies to remedy discrimination when hiring women and minorities. Discuss whether you feel that affirmative action programs, reverse discrimination, and criteria of comparable worth are appropriate forms of remedy.

    Conduct research on topic.
    This can be used on materials and Web resources, research affirmative action, reverse discrimination, and comparable worth and answer the following questions:

    Do you feel that these concepts are appropriate forms of remedy in the workplace? Explain.

    What else do you think could be done to eliminate discrimination in the workplace?

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    Let's take a closer look. I also attached some excerpts of people debating the worth of these concepts from various perspectives for further consideration, as some agree with these concepts, while others do not. It can help you decide where you position yourself in this debate.

    1. Do you feel that these concepts (affirmative action programs, reverse discrimination, and criteria of comparable worth) are appropriate forms of remedy in the workplace? Explain.

    Equal opportunities laws aim to create a 'level playing field' so that people are employed, paid, trained and promoted only because of their skills, abilities and how they do their job. Discrimination occurs when an employer treats one employee less favorably than others i.e. a female employee being paid less than a male colleague for doing the same job, or a minority ethnic employee being refused the training opportunities offered to white colleagues. These laws make it illegal to be discriminated against because of: gender, marriage or civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity leave, sexual orientation, disability, race, color, ethnic background, nationality, religion or belief and age (www.direct.gov.uk/.../ResolvingWorkplaceDisputes/DiscriminationAtWork/DG_10026670 -).

    Specifically, Affirmative Action was legislated by the Federal government in 1965 requiring special actions in recruitment, hiring, and other areas aimed ...

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    This solution discusses affirmative action programs.