ERIC Number: ED208160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Focus of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs under the Reagan Administration. Remarks by William Bradford Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division.
Reynolds, William Bradford
The equal employment opportunity policies of the Reagan administration may be summarized in the following manner: while the administration will not retreat from the historic commitment to enforce federal civil rights laws, it will no longer insist upon, or in any way support, the use of quotas or any numerical or statistical formula designed to provide to nonvictims of discrimination preferential treatment based on race, sex, national origin, or religion. This policy has been adopted for several reasons: (1) Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which mandates nondiscriminatory employment decisions, does not countenance racial quotas; (2) the economic and social strides gained by minorities in the 1960s demonstrated the capacity of minorities to compete effectively in a nondiscriminatory environment; and (3) there is no moral countenance for quotas. The number and nature of suits brought by the Justice Department to enforce equal employment opportunity legislation will not change significantly. In addition to seeking full redress for individual victims, the Department will continue to seek injunctive relief directing employers to make future nondiscriminatory employment decisions, and, where appropriate, will also seek percentage recruitment goals for monitoring purposes. (MN)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights Legislation, Court Litigation, Court Role, Employment Opportunities, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Quotas, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Reagan Administration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity: Recent Developments in Federal Regulations and Case Law (4th, Washington, DC, October 20, 1981).