Equal opportunity means taking positive steps to end discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, and to create new opportunities that were previously denied qualified minorities and women. Americans for a Fair Chance (AFC) was founded on the belief that the measurable gains accomplished by equal opportunity initiatives contribute to the prosperity and health of our families and communities.
April 12, 2012 - Posted by Cedric Lawson
In Cincinnati, attorneys representing a wide range of groups including students, faculty and prospective applicants asked a 15-judge federal appeals court panel to uphold an earlier ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting.
March 26, 2012 - Posted by Sandy Thomas
Equal opportunity advocates welcomed the recent news that FedEx reached a $3 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to address a pattern of hiring discrimination in its ground delivery business.
February 23, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the use of race as a factor in determining admissions at public universities.
January 19, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal
The New York Times has reported that longtime equal opportunity opponent Ward Connerly is being accused of financial misdeeds by a former colleague.
July 8, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Update 4/4/2012: The Sixth Circuit is currently rehearing en banc the constitutionality of Michigan's Proposal 2, which prohibits Michigan's public colleges and universities from granting "preferential treatment to ... any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.”"
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down (2-1) Michigan's ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting.
March 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Despite an increase in the number of women pursuing higher education, disparities between women and men still exist in the employment sector, according to a report compiled by the Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Economics and Statistics Administration.
February 24, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Even though there are millions of unemployed workers looking for jobs, some employers are excluding them from job applicant pools regardless of their qualifications, a trend that is growing according to testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last week.
January 24, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported a dramatic increase in charges of private sector workplace discrimination filed throughout all major categories – including race, age, disability, and religion – during the 2010 fiscal year.
January 20, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
In a significant victory for advancing equal opportunity in higher education, on January 18, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the constitutionality of University of Texas at Austin's (UT Austin) current admissions policy, which considers race as one of several factors.
December 17, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The University of Colorado at Boulder recently released a report analyzing the key factors that led to the defeat (49 percent – 51 percent) of Amendment 46, a ballot initiative that would have amended the Colorado state constitution to ban equal opportunity in public higher education, employment and contracting in 2008.
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