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    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.

    Address the following issues:

    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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    Affirmative action is a policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment. the effort to improve the employment and educational opportunities of women and members of minority groups through preferential treatment in job hiring, college admissions, the awarding of government contracts, and the allocation of other social benefits.

    Affirmative action is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and was designed to counteract the lingering effects of generations of past discrimination. The main criteria for inclusion in affirmative action programs are race, sex, ethnic origin, religion, disability, and age. The Supreme Court of the United States placed important limitations on affirmative action programs in its 1978 ruling in Regents of the ...

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    The solution discusses the elements of affirmative action.