Affirmative Acton and Discrimination in the Workplace

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1 Running head: Affirmative Action Affirmative Action and Discrimination in the Workplace TUI University
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2 Affirmative Action Affirmative Action and Discrimination in the Workplace The United States of America is a melting pot of civilizations and cultures from all around the world. Immigration to the Americas began as people were searching for religious freedom and longing to establish a new country, with new hopes, and new dreams. As time passed, more people continued to search for a place where they could find the freedom to start a new life without fear of persecution. Today, the citizens of the United States enjoy the freedoms that many people fought for and even gave their lives for, in order to obtain. As this melting pot of cultures we now know as the United States continues to press forward toward freedom and equality for all people, there are many issues and controversies which stand in the way. Discrimination against people for reasons like race, color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation has occurred in the past and still exists today. Examples are everywhere, like racial segregation of blacks and whites within schools which ended in the 1960’s. The gay and lesbian population is another example, and they are still fighting to this day for equal rights in this country. Although there are many examples of discrimination, equality of all people, is the goal. The road towards equality is long and rough, but the people of this great nation are determined to make it happen. To discriminate however, is human nature. The term discrimination simply means to pick and choose, or to recognize or perceive the difference between things. We all discriminate in our daily lives, from things like what we eat, what we wear, or even who we choose to be our friends. Discrimination in this light is a good thing. It’s when discrimination is used against people unfairly or with bias that it becomes a negative issue.
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3 Affirmative Action The workplace is another example of where discrimination commonly occurs. In order to combat discrimination in the workplace, Affirmative Action policies were created. Affirmative Action involves some sort of differential or preferential treatment where a disadvantaged group is given some kind of benefit. Although first used as a tool to restrain or end discriminatory actions in personnel administration, Affirmative Action has evolved into a more proactive program aimed at redressing past discrimination against protected-class persons as well as correcting racial and gender imbalances in the workforce (Allen, 2003). It is important for businesses and government entities to strive towards a diverse workforce. Diversity in the workplace makes the work environment stronger and builds morale within and between employees. For this reason it is imperative that hiring and promoting practices are based upon the qualifications of candidates and not on skin color, race, religion, or any other discriminatory factors. Affirmative Action can be implemented in two ways which is to meet a quota or on a
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