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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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The Equality of Opportunity Project's education-oriented research concentrates on the effectiveness of teachers.
Accordingly, we might begin to understand equality of opportunity by
Chapter one lays out the historical origins of Americans' primary concern with equality of opportunity and tolerance towards inequality of outcomes.
This, the report says, contributes to equality of opportunity in education.
PRINCETON, NJ -- More Americans say it is important that the federal government enact policies that grow the economy and increase equality of opportunity than say the same about reducing the income and wealth gap between the rich and the poor.
It aims for equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked after children.
The decision violated principles of transparency, disclosure, and equality of opportunity for shareholders," the court decision said, referring to the regulator s approval.
The Pontiff said the effects of some legislation designed to give equality of opportunity had been to impose "unjust limitations" on the freedom of religious communities to act "in accordance with their beliefs".
The Pontiff said the effects of legislation designed to give equality of opportunity had been to impose "unjust limitations"on the freedom of religious communities to act "in accordance with their beliefs".
What should also be encouraged is equality of opportunity based on ability and not social standing.
If Ministers really want to create equality of opportunity they need to be much more radical in their education policy.
Sreenivasan downplays this point, since he claims a fair equality of opportunity account is concerned only with relative shares of opportunity and health.

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