Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action

A series of policies a government or organization pursues to help a given demographic group, especially a historical minority, in work and/or education. Affirmative action may be mild; for example, race may be one of a number of factors a university considers when deciding admission. On the other hand, it may impose stringent requirements; for example, a government may oblige companies to abide by gender quotas when hiring.

Affirmative action as a policy is quite controversial. Proponents argue it helps engender equality among groups in society. Critics contend it does (or at least can) reward less qualified persons at the expense of more qualified persons.

The term "affirmative action" is predominantly American. The concept is called positive discrimination in the United Kingdom, employment equity in Canada and reservation in India.
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On the other hand, this positive discrimination measure should not be regarded as a tool for job openings in the public administration in situation when unemployment in the country is around 30% of total population.
Positive discrimination allowed a crooked cop to stay in his job.
Thus, practicing Muslims now feel that in order to compensate for the years of discrimination and unjust practices, they must be accorded with positive discrimination.
Positive discrimination is a controversial topic, and we would tend to think that the best person for a job should always be appointed - even if they happen to be white, male, middle aged, middle class, and heterosexual.
Aston Villa boss McLeish felt the best candidates for managerial jobs will emerge on merit without the need for positive discrimination.
Employers' ability to issue six-month notifications of retirement using the statutory retirement procedure is ended, while an employer's right to use positive discrimination as a tiebreaker when making decisions on recruitment and promotion was added to the statute book.
Positive discrimination is sometimes required in order to break through the resistance of engrained cultural practices and preferences.
Is positive discrimination swinging the balance the other way?
That didn't go down well with many of the people there, including some women, who don't believe in positive discrimination and think candidates should be selected on merit.
The government said that positive discrimination towards the region would continue.
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I was extremely interested to read Soundbites on the proposed equality hill, advocating positive discrimination (PE 9 July).