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Reverse Discrimination and Affirmative Action
Discrimination in employment has been an issue that has plagued our society throughout history. At the turn of this century it was acceptable to advertise job openings and specifically state that people of a certain race, color, religion, gender, or national origin “need not apply”. A lot has changed over the last 100 years. The proverbial “pendulum” has swung in the direction of federal protection of certain people, but the problem now is that it has swung too far.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act states that it is unlawful for an employer “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin…” 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a)(1). This law was enacted in an effort to set right the wrongs of the past and instill equity in the workplace; yet a new set of wrongs and social injustices have been created. This newly creat…
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