Affirmative Action in the Workplace

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Affirmative Action In the Workplace

Lawrence Phillips

Human Resources Management HRM 335

Western International University

Professor: Michael Corp

November 27, 2005

Throughout our lives at some point or another we have all felt slighted. We have all felt that we were not giving the same opportunity or chance. What if you were not given the same opportunity do to your skin color, sex, or ethnic background? Some feel that this is exactly what happens when you implement affirmative action. While other may feel that without affirmative action many people would not have the same opportunities to succeed in life. Throughout my life there have been several opportunities that I have seen first hand how affirmative action has affected me. To fully understand affirmative action you must first understand what affirmative action is, and how it was originally designed to work. With any federal developed program there will always be those who are for and against it. In order to get a true assessment of how effective or ineffective a program works you must address both the pros and cons of the program. With affirmative action there are many programs and practices that have been put into place to help resolve racial equality issues. Affirmative action is necessary in today’s society in order to help educate people, as well as give opportunities to people in lower classes. The way affirmative action operates, however, is something that needs to be continually reformed as our society grows.

Affirmative action policy relates to equal employment opportunity where as they both affect all employees according to race, gender, religion, or national origin. Job opportunities are one of the most effective measures of affirmative action. Therefore the policy of equal...
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