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Legally mandated and stakeholder driven diversity

Differentiate between legally mandated and stakeholder driven reasons for implementing and sustaining diversity; include Affirmative Action, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and differentiate with the stake holder's public image, investor confidence, community action, profitability.

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THE REASONS FOR DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Legally mandated reasons for implementing diversity include the desire of an organization to be seen as law abiding and to avoid the financial penalties and public relations issues associated with not adhering to laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. This legislation protects persons with disabilities against discrimination when using transportation, public accommodation, communication, in being considered for employment, and in activates associated with the government. Evidence of this Act can be seen in the design of bathrooms to include wheelchair accessible stalls, kneeling busses which have hydraulic lifts for wheelchair users to get into the bus, and brail on elevator buttons and under room numbers and other signage in public buildings.

Affirmative action describes the set of US government public policies intended to eliminate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Affirmative action includes The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution which made slavery illegal; the Fourteenth Amendment which guarantees equal protection under the law; the Fifteenth Amendment which forbids racial discrimination in electoral voting and The 1866 Civil Rights Act which gave blacks "the same right to make and enforce contracts ... as is enjoyed by white citizens ... "

Below are additional legislative tolls used in US government's efforts to eradicate the injustice of discrimination on our society. The list is taken from an article by Marquita Sykes entitled The Origins of Affirmative Action and can be found on this link: http://www.now.org/nnt/08-95/affirmhs.html

? In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802 which outlawed segregationist hiring policies by ...

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THE REASONS FOR DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Legally mandated reasons for implementing diversity include the desire of an organization to be seen as law abiding and to avoid the financial penalties and public relations issues associated with not adhering to laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. This legislation protects persons with disabilities against discrimination when using transportation, public accommodation, communication, in being considered for employment...

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