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Jamie DuvaMgt 434Affirmative Action Paper As we know by now affirmative action is an 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. First undertaken at the federal level following passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, affirmative action 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 definition is a broad terminology and the word can be used in a variety of many affirmative action discrimination cases. In the definition in does not state affirmative action laws for Caucasian males and disabled people; it is rare to see the Caucasian male in affirmative action cases but they do occur from time to time. So across the board everyone is protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Affirmative action programs are intended to positively protect the private and public sector employees. To generalize if the company has 50 or more employees and the income is 50,000 or more, the employees are covered by the affirmative action right and the Civil Rights Law of 1964. There are many differences from the private and public sectors; there are many different laws that protect the two different sectors but, the two sectors employees are covered. Still the laws differ, if an employer has the minimum employee requirement the employee will have many benefits; the company will become diverse and well respected throughout the company, it will ease the mind of the employees who work there from discrimination, it can open doors to many diverse and cultural ideas, the company can inspire many upcoming companies, etc. Many affirmative action programs are put into place to protect everyone from...