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Affirmative Action

The removal of artificial barriers to the employment of women and disadvantaged minorities, or admission of same to highly selective institutions of higher learning.

affirmative action

Social medicine The removal of artificial barriers to the employment of ♀ and disadvantaged minorities, or admission of same to highly selective institutions of higher learning; AA refers to any effort to recruit and hire members of previously disadvantaged groups, as a means of erasing past inequities. See Bakke v Regents of the University of California, Reverse discrimination; Cf Glass ceiling.
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The reality of the past and the behavior of past and older generations suggest that programs of preferential hiring are both necessary and justifiable.
Thomson appears to make us choose between ways where the "cost could be shared by everyone" and "a policy of preferential hiring.
As programs of preferential hiring are currently implemented, the older male professorate and older male professors share few costs.
The current policy of preferential hiring suggests white males as "perpetrators" of discrimination, but which white males?
But if there were no wrongdoing, preferential hiring cannot be compensatory.
Justification for preferential hiring must then be put in terms of how we would like society to be, not in terms of how society is.
Other terms include retention of a preferential hiring practice that, in some circumstances, allows West State to hire and lay off workers on the basis of skill and ability instead of seniority, and more flexible shift arrangements, including the option to work four 10hour days, three 12-hour days, or five 8-hour days.
20, 1997 and the rest will be placed on a preferential hiring list.
As part of ALPA's long-standing service to its members, the Association will continue to hold job fairs and work to attain preferential hiring agreements.
Over and above these benefits, workers who were laid off at the four plants idled during the 1987 contract are eligible for an additional 12 weeks of SUB, and have preferential hiring rights to openings at other GM plants.
Flamingo Casino-New Orleans officials said that existing Flamingo Casino-New Orleans employees will receive preferential hiring by the New Orleans land-based casino and will be offered employment and relocation assistance to the City of Shreveport upon the facility's move the Shreveport.
They have also been in constant contact with their counterparts at many other ALPA carriers to secure preferential hiring for Mesaba pilots should management impose new terms.

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