Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action

Sharon Huntington

University of Phoenix

MGT 434

Teresa Knox

September 13, 2010

Affirmative Action

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “affirmative action means positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded” (Fullinwider, 2009). The following paragraphs will discuss what employers are subject to affirmative action plans, what employers are required to do under affirmative action plans, and what happens if employers do not meet the goals of the affirmative action plan.

Affirmative Action Employers

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• Include a statement of these obligations in all subcontracts or purchase orders, unless exempted, which will be binding on each subcontractor or vendor.

• Furnish all information and reports required by the executive order and the implementing regulations, and permit access to the contractor’s or subcontractor’s books, records, and accounts by the contracting agency and the Secretary of Labor for purposes of investigation to ascertain compliance with the executive order and its regulations (Bennett-Alexander & Hartman, 2007, p. 189).

Noncompliance Penalties

Any employers who do not comply with Title VII requirements can have penalties imposed upon them by the Secretary of Labor. Those penalties are as follows:

• Publishing the names of nonconforming contractors or labor unions.

• Recommending to the EEOC or the Department of Justice that proceedings be instituted under Title VII.

• Requesting that the Attorney General bring suit to enforce the executive order in cases of actual or threatened substantial violations of the contractual EEO clause.

• Recommending to the Department of Justice that criminal proceedings be initiated for furnishing false information to a contracting agency of the Secretary of Labor.

• Canceling, terminating, or suspending the contract, or any portion thereof, for failure of the contractor or

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