ERIC Number: ED213811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-13
Reference Count: 0
Enforcement of Federal Civil Rights Laws in the Reagan Administration.
Reynolds, William Bradford
In this statement, William Bradford Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General, discusses the Federal government's enforcement policies and activities regarding equal employment opportunity, and defends the Reagan Administration and the Justice Department against charges cited in a report by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Reynolds contends that the Administration's civil rights policies are based on the principle that discrimination is morally wrong, but the remedial use of preferential hiring and promotion techniques violates rather than promotes the principle of equal employment opportunity. He also contends that although the "color-blindness" principle established by Title VII enabled minorities to compete effectively with members of other groups, employment preferences serve to hire and promote with discrimination. Reynolds suggests that the use of racial quotas has not necessarily resulted in the hiring of unqualified employees, but in the hiring of lesser qualified employees on the basis of race or sex. Reynolds concludes that adherence to the color-blind and sex-neutral ideal of equal opportunity is essential for the reduction of discriminatory practices in employment. (JCD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Reagan Administration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Labor Policy Association, Inc. (Williamsburg, VA, March 13, 1982).