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The paper defines reverse discrimination and looks at how an employer guards against reverse discrimination in designing equal employment opportunities for its employees. The paper addresses reverse discrimination in American educational institutions but also points out the success of affirmative action laws in encouraging more minorities to attend college. The paper concludes that employers need to know the laws, how to apply them and how to use them in training and promotion to build a valid, diversified workforce.
From the Paper:"Equal employment laws were created after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed. They were intended to diversify business and industry and create more opportunities for all races, ethnicities, and genders. They were also created in an attempt to rectify previous employment practices that were indeed discriminatory. What generally gets a company in trouble with racial discrimination is when they set policies that favor one race over another, even if they are underrepresented in their own employees, especially when compared to the surrounding area. There have been many Supreme Court cases representing just these issues. For example, a company realizes that supervisors are mainly white males, so they create an Affirmative Action program to promote more females, minorities, and disabled employees to supervisors, even if they have less experience than white male counterparts. Author Gullet discusses one such case, where a government agency implemented a plan. He notes, "Long-term percentage goals were set to reflect the market, but no hard and fast timetables were established. In carrying out the plan, the Department of Transportation for the county considered race, ethnicity, and gender as factors in making hiring and promotion decisions" (Gullett, 2000, p. 107)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gullett, C. R. (2000). Reverse discrimination and remedial affirmative action in employment : Dealing with the paradox of nondiscrimination. Public Personnel Management, 29(1), 107.
- Sander, R. H. (2004). A systemic analysis of affirmative action in American law schools. Stanford Law Review, 57(2), 367+.
Cite this Term Paper:
Equal Employment Law and Reverse Discrimination (2012, June 08) Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/equal-employment-law-and-reverse-discrimination-151376/
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