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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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Any potential gains that the CBA proposed by the Toronto Community Benefits Network makes in terms of employment equity are likely to be overshadowed by (1) the gentrification of neighbourhoods situated along the new transit line, which will displace low-income and predominantly racialized renters and (2) the negative effects associated with the government's public-private partnership procurement model for the project.
Employment equity (2) is intended as a "proactive strategy" to remedy the effects of past discrimination facing four designated groups.
That is, people may support or oppose such policies depending on the perceived benefits or costs to themselves or their groups, such as whether employment equity will promote or hinder the likelihood of the person or members of one's group being trained, hired, or promoted.
Department of Labour, Commission for Employment Equity.
Agocs and Burr, 1992) This initiative was followed by the 1995 Federal Employment Equity Act.
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The National Advisory Committee on Employment of Women (NACEW) hosted the New Zealand Conference on Pay and Employment Equity for Women, 28-29 June 2004, in Wellington.
The book includes chapters on employment equity, harassment, language and male-dominated workplaces (among other topics).
According to the 2001 Employment Equity Report, persons with disabilities represent 2.

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