affirmative action

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affirmative action

A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.

affirmative action

(Sociology) US a policy or programme designed to counter discrimination against minority groups and women in areas such as employment and education. Brit equivalent: positive discrimination

affirm′ative ac′tion

a policy to increase opportunities for women and minorities, esp. in employment.
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Noun1.affirmative action - a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunitiesaffirmative action - a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities; "affirmative action has been extremely controversial and was challenged in 1978 in the Bakke decision"
social action - a social policy of reform (especially socioeconomic reform)
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(əˈfəːm) verb
to state something positively and firmly. Despite all the policeman's questions the lady continued to affirm that she was innocent.
ˌaffirˈmation (ӕ-) noun
afˈfirmative (-tiv) adjective, noun
saying or indicating yes to a question, suggestion etc. He gave an affirmative nod; a reply in the affirmative.
affirmative ˌaction noun
(American) the practice of giving better opportunities (jobs, education etc) to people who, it is thought, are treated unfairly (minorities, women etc).
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Also, today's Alaska Native Corporations have shareholder preferential hiring practices so they could use hiring preferences to meet the needs of shareholders, their spouses, and their children.
Preferential hiring and contracting, based on statistical quotas, should not exist in the federal government.
Imbun then zooms the ethnographic lens out to a more generalized account of how political pressures brought to bear by different stakeholders (the national government, local landowners) lead mining companies to develop preferential hiring policies.
Good times during and after World War II combined with company policies of apprenticeships, preferential hiring of sons and the placement of returned soldiers as well as its more balanced demographics, solidified the town's sense of security.
In 2007, town meeting approved allowing selectmen to negotiate after a presentation that promised, among other things, to build a public works garage, to offer free trash disposal and appliance recycling, local preferential hiring and grading a portion of the remaining parcel for use as a park or ball field.
Included in the agreement are provisions to establish a community advisory group that would advise Hantz Woodlands and assist in recruiting residents for jobs that would provide preferential hiring for local residents, as well as reasonable salaries, benefits and qualifications.
The program involves the preferential hiring of local nationals from communities around the installation.
Stewart is a most engaging writer whose own argument for preferential hiring of minorities is straightforward and persuasive.
The policy was further encouraged with the WHO barring smokers from employment since 2005, and also by the National Cancer Institute, which encourages the preferential hiring of non-smokers.
It was opened in October 1965 to serve the needs of the Castle Bromwich community who enjoy preferential hiring rates.
A good deal of the fervor regarding affirmative action derives from the issues regarding the legitimacy of preferential hiring and the notion of affirmative action.

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