affirmative action
affirmative action n: an active effort (as through legislation) to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups or women

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

affirmative action
noun effort to correct past injustices, means to right the wrongs of the past, plan to make up for unfairness in the past, positive steps to correct past discrimination Generally:{{}}fairness, just treatment, opportunities, remedial change Specifically:{{}}plan for increased representation for minorities, plan for increased representation for women, racial quotas

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


affirmative action
n.
Deliberate and positive efforts to help victims of discrimination by remedying effects of past discrimination and preventing future discrimination.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


affirmative action
Policies of governments and other institutions, private and public, intended to promote employment, contracting, educational, and other opportunities for members of historically disadvantaged groups. Because they may favor some groups over others, affirmative action policies must be narrowly tailored to meet the institution's legitimate goals, such as remedying the effects of past discrimination or promoting full diversity in a school setting.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


affirmative action
n. Any acts by a private or public entity to eliminate discrimination, to correct or remedy the effects of past discrimination, or to prevent future discrimination. Such discrimination is usually based on the race, sex, national origin, or disability of the person being discriminated against.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


affirmative action
Employment programs required by federal statutes and regulations designed to remedy discriminatory practices in hiring minority group members; i.e. positive steps designed to eliminate existing and continuing discrimination, to remedy lingering effects of past discrimination, and to create systems and procedures to prevent future discrimination; commonly based on population percentages of minority groups in a particular area. Factors considered are race, color, sex, creed, and age.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


affirmative action
Employment programs required by federal statutes and regulations designed to remedy discriminatory practices in hiring minority group members; i.e. positive steps designed to eliminate existing and continuing discrimination, to remedy lingering effects of past discrimination, and to create systems and procedures to prevent future discrimination; commonly based on population percentages of minority groups in a particular area. Factors considered are race, color, sex, creed, and age.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

affirmative action
n.
   the process of a business or governmental agency in which it gives special rights of hiring or advancement to ethnic minorities to make up for past discrimination against that minority. Affirmative action has been the subject of legal battles on the basis that it is reverse discrimination against Caucasians, but in most challenges to affirmative action the programs have been upheld. In 1995 there was substantial political agitation to repeal or modify federal and state affirmative action laws.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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