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Definitions

The following definitions may help clarify common issues.

Affirmative Action: Any action that is intended to correct effects of past discrimination, to eliminate present discrimination, or to prevent discrimination in the future.

Affirmative Recruitment: Special recruitment efforts undertaken to assure that qualified minorities and women are well represented in the applicant pools for positions in which they have been excluded or substantially underutilized. Such efforts may include contacting organizations and media with known constituencies of minorities or women, and similar actions. Open job posting and advertising and "Equal Opportunity Employer" statements may be necessary in many situations simply as a matter of non-discrimination, rather than as measures of affirmative recruitment.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): A system of employment practices under which individuals are not excluded from any participation, advancement, or benefits because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or other factor that cannot lawfully be the basis for employment actions. An employment system in which neither intentional nor unintentional discrimination operates.


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