ERIC Number: ED230702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-2
Reference Count: 0
The Reagan Administration's EEO Policy.
Reynolds, William Bradford
The Reagan administration is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity (EEO). No policy shift has occurred in the treatment of "class action" litigation, or in the "pattern or practice" suits in the Justice Department's Title VII enforcement activities. Significant money settlements have been obtained in "pattern and practice" cases on behalf of those victimized by discriminatory conduct. Statistical analyses continue to be used in determining liability, and from this it follows that the Reagan administration looks for discriminatory effects in the employment field no less than for discriminatory intent. The enforcement record over the past two-and-one-half years underscores the strength of the administration's commitment to equal employment opportunities. In every case the Justice Department insists that the prior discrimination be enjoined and that the employer engage in nondiscriminatory hiring and promotional practices in the future. Furthermore, employers who have discriminated in employment practices are required to make affirmative action recruitment efforts. Under this approach, no resort to hiring quotas or numerical goals exists, since preferential treatment due to race or sex cuts against the grain of equal opportunity. (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Courts, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Females, Law Enforcement, Minority Groups, Policy, Racial Discrimination, Reverse Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Reagan Administration
Note: Presented at a meeting of the Bureau of National Affairs (Washington, DC, June 2, 1983).