Affirmative Action Under Attack

Archive Report

Challenges to Job Programs

Supreme Court Hearing on Kaiser Case

In the past 15 years, the United States has made progress toward eliminating discrimination in employment. Under pressure from the federal government to take “affirmative action” to prevent racial or sexual discrimination, many of the nation's businesses have made a concerted effort to hire and promote blacks, members of other minority groups and women. Complying with the government's anti-discrimination rules, however, frequently is time-consuming, complex and frustrating. Many employers complain that they are trapped between the government's demands to increase opportunities for women and minorities on the one hand, and, on the other, charges by white males that affirmative action constitutes reverse discrimination.1

The Supreme Court on March 28 heard oral arguments in the case of Brian ...

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