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Equal Opportunity

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.

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WH Report: Gender Pay Disparities Persist Despite Increase in Women with Higher Education

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. 

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Unemployed Workers Experience Hiring Discrimination

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.

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EEOC Reports Unprecedented Number of Charges of Workplace Discrimination Filed Last Year

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.

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Federal Court Unanimously Upholds University of Texas’ Equal Opportunity Admissions Policy

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.

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Report Analyzes Successful Campaign to Defeat Colorado’s Anti-Equal Opportunity Ballot Measure

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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Senate Passes Compensation Bill for African-American Farmers and American Indians

November 24, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

On Friday, the Senate approved a nearly $4.6 billion settlement for African-American farmers and American Indians who filed claims against the federal government more than a decade ago.

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Despite Progress, Study Finds Women and Minorities Still Underrepresented in Executive Positions

November 23, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A recent study by Calvert Investments found that women and minorities are still underrepresented in top-level positions in companies despite their increasing workforce participation.

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Senate Won't Consider Paycheck Fairness Act

November 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today a minority of senators blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.  

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Arizona Voters Pass Proposition 107 Eliminating Equal Opportunity

November 9, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Proposition 107, a ballot initiative to amend the Arizona constitution to eliminate equal opportunity programs, such as affirmative action, in public higher education, employment and contracting, was passed by voters (60 percent to 40 percent) on November 2. 

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On Election Day, Arizona Will Vote on Equal Opportunity

October 26, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On November 2, Arizona voters will vote on Proposition 107, a ballot initiative proposing to amend the state's constitution to eliminate equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting.

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