Equal opportunity


Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity is a term which has differing definitions and there is no consensus as to the precise meaning. [Rabe, Johan. 2001. Equality, Affirmative Action, and Justice. Books on Demand. p. 83] Some use it as a descriptive term for an approach intended to provide a certain social environment in which people are not excluded from the activities of society, such as education, employment, or health care, on the basis of immutable traits. Equal opportunity practices include measures taken by organizations to ensure fairness in the employment process.a basic definition of equality is the idea of equal treatment and respect.

In job advertisements and descriptions, the fact that the employer is an equal opportunity employer is sometimes indicated by the abbreviations EOE or MFDV which stands for Male, Female, Disabled, Veteran.

ee also

* Asset-based egalitarianism
* Affirmative action
* Equal Opportunity Employment
* Universal access
* Equality of outcome
*

External links

*United Kingdom
** [http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/ UK Government Women & Equality Unit]
** [http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/eqopps/index.htm The Scout Association of the UK]
*United States
** [http://www.eeoc.gov/ U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (US)] - the branch of the U.S. government that enforces equal opportunity laws in workplaces.
** [http://www.doi.gov/diversity/ Department of the Interior Office for Equal Opportunity (US)]
* [http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/equal-opportunity/ Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Equality of Opportunity]

References


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