ERIC Number: ED090338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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Statement on Affirmative Action for Equal Employment Opportunities.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Since its creation in 1957, the Commission on Civil Rights has investigated and analyzed the issue of employment discrimination. The employment picture for our society indicates that the groups victimized by discriminatory employment practices still carry the burden of that wrongdoing. The mechanisms created by Title VII alone cannot handle the dimensions of the problem. In FY 1972 the EEOC received 38,840 complaints; it expects 45,000 new complaints during the next fiscal year. The growing backlog of cases is now 53,410, of which 43,101 are pending investigation. Conciliation enforcement and litigation against employment discrimination cannot receive EEOC priority in such a situation. In recent years the Nation has been witness to a shift in policy from the enacting of legislation to the implementation of nondiscrimination laws. In its wake the move has given rise to a debate concerning the parameters of affirmative action and the possible sanctioning of quota systems and reverse discrimination to achieve nondiscriminatory employment. To offer a Commission view of this issue, the Commissioners have prepared this Position Statement for public discussion and official consideration. Part I is a survey of the present status of the law and the basis for affirmative action. Part II is a review of certain terms relevant to this area. Part III is an effort to respond to certain questions that inevitably evolve out of such discussions. And Part IV discusses the policy considerations invoked by the affirmative action issue and proposes ultimate objectives for nondiscrimination in employment nationally. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII