ERIC Number: ED162011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Quest for Equal Employment Opportunity in Oklahoma State Government.
Oklahoma State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Oklahoma City.
This report summarizes the findings of recent hearings and field investigations on the employment of minorities and women in Oklahoma State government, and assesses whether or not the merit system has fulfilled its mandate for equal employment opportunity. It was found that a disproportionate number of females and minorities are concentrated in lower paying and less skilled jobs with little opportunity for upward mobility. In outlining the administrative and legal basis for the Oklahoma Merit System (a statewide system of personnel administration covering most State employees), it is noted that equal employment opportunity is a basic merit system principle. However, the merit system's passive prohibition of discriminatory practices has not been sufficient to assure its implementation. In analyzing the status of women and minorities in seven major State agencies, wide differences were found in job types and wages between whites and minorities and between males and females. There appears to be little or no integration of the agencies' affirmative action policies with their overall administrative and managerial structures. In short, the State's response to affirmative action and equal opportunity has been marked by an apparent lack of continuity or overall direction as to what policies should be pursued, especially at the agency level. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Oklahoma City.
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