Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action
Marlene S. Smith
October 28, 2013

Affirmative Action Affirmative action is an action that was purposefully designed to provide full and equal opportunities for employment and education for women, minorities, and other individuals belonging to disadvantaged groups. This paper will assess the rudiments of Affirmative Action as it applies to public and private sector employers. The paper will also evaluate what employers are subject to affirmative action plans, what the plans require employers to do, and what happens if employers do not meet the objectives of the affirmative action plan.
Affirmative action has been around for many years. Fullinwinder (2009), “Affirmative action means positive
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The Executive Order 11246 states employers must prepare a written affirmative action plan within 120 days. The plan must contain the following: the employer’s current workforce in regard to race and sex, a detail analysis stating whether minorities or females are under-represented or under-utilized in the workforce, the rules and regulations for job categories in which minorities or females are under-represented, an action plan or goals necessary to fix the problem areas, and a detail time table for when the employer plans to achieve these goals. When developing an affirmative action plan this can be time consuming and this requires heavy documentation, reviews, and updates. When implementing an affirmative action plan, the plan must apply to all facilities and employees (Phillips, 2010).
Courts can require employers to adopt an affirmative action plan as a remedy under Title VII. The requirements in court ordered affirmative action plans prevent employers from allowing unqualified individuals from being hired or promoted. A court ordered affirmative action plan must be temporary only until the employer can achieve the goals set under the plan.
There are strict penalties if the affirmative action plan is not followed. When an employer is under a court order to obey an affirmative action plan, the employer could be subject to hefty fines. If the plans are not followed

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