The Definition of Affirmative Action

At a recent AAAA (American Association of Affirmative Action) conference, I was involved in a discussion about the definition of affirmative action. It made me wonder if folks know the actual definition under Executive Order 11246. It is as follows:

A set of specific results-oriented procedures to which an organization commits itself to apply to every good-faith effort to:

  • Eliminate disparity in hiring and promoting of groups
  • Eliminate under-utilization
  • Ensure equal opportunity
  • Identify barriers that interfere with EEO to all employees.



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