Affirmative Action Training

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Affirmative Action is a set of initiatives that are intended to eliminate discrimination in hiring practices based on race, sex, religion, or national origin. The initiatives were created by a variety of federal and state laws as well as presidential executive orders and a call for an end to discriminatory hiring practices. There are severe penalties that can be assessed if discriminatory hiring practices are discovered. Government contractors can lose their contracts and possibly the chance at gaining future contracts. Private sector companies can be assessed large fines and face lawsuits that not only hurt the bottom line but create a negative image of the company.

The creation of the laws and executive orders has created a need for highly trained managers and professionals to design and implement affirmative action policies. Keeping employees that are involved with managing and hiring aware of current regulations is a protective measure for a company to take against possible litigation. A proactive approach to affirmative action training is the best way for a company to ensure that policies follow government regulations.

Affirmative Action Training

There are several seminars and classes designed to educate employees, managers and business owners about affirmative action policies. Introductory classes that include the basics of implementing an equal employment opportunity program should be a requirement for human resources departments and business owners. These introductory classes will cover topics such as the legal definition of discrimination, specifics of each government regulation, and preventing workplace harassment.

There are classes available that get more in depth as to how to implement an affirmative action program. There are specific steps a business can take to protect itself from possible litigation and regulatory action. These classes will detail exactly how to design and implement a sound discrimination prevention system. There are also classes on how to respond to charges and avoid liability in the case of a discrimination claim.


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