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equal opportunity

1) n. a right supposedly guaranteed by both federal and many state laws against any discrimination in employment, education, housing or credit rights due to a person's race, color, sex (or sometimes sexual orientation), religion, national origin, age or handicap. A person who believes he/she has not been granted equal opportunity or has been outright sexually harassed or discriminated against may bring a lawsuit under federal and most state laws, or file a complaint with the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission or a state equal opportunity agency. 2) adj. a term applied to employers, lenders and landlords, who advertise that they are "equal opportunity employers," subtly suggesting all others are not, even though they are required by law to be so. (See: affirmative action)

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When it comes to dealing with inequality in economic outcomes, Americans apparently do not want government to get involved in readjusting the outcomes, but rather want it to renew its efforts in ensuring equality of opportunity.
This, the report says, contributes to equality of opportunity in education.
1 Gallup survey, show that while 46% of Americans believe it is extremely or very important that the federal government in Washington reduce the income and wealth gap between the rich and poor, 70% say it is important for the government to increase equality of opportunity, and 82% say it is important for the government to grow and expand the economy.
Your country is well-known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society," he told the Catholic bishops of England and Wales gathered in Rome.
It confirms our commitment to equality of opportunity for all of our staff.
If access to effective medical services is now dependent on ability to pay, then equality of opportunity will not be protected to the degree universal access can achieve.
As stated by the editors in the book's introduction, the volume is "optimistic concerning the power of social policy to enhance equality of opportunity.
But today we have the first real documentation of what performers with disabilities and their advocates have long suspected: We have far to go to achieve true equality of opportunity.
Gender-blind equality of opportunity will remain a central feature of Western society.
An ultra-left extremist in comparison with Mark Latham, Crosland urged the need to combine equality of opportunity with measures to actually equalise the distribution of rewards and privileges.
The Department of Social Development is mandated with break down barriers to equality of opportunity for Canadians.
Some, like the civil rights and women's movements, were consistent ,with the universal principle of equality of opportunity, but in the absence of a coherent left, these, like all others, have tended instead to become lobbies for their own "special interests" within the established priorities of corporate America.

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