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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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Navy leadership recognizes that equal opportunity and diversity have a direct impact on readiness.
Bring back mandatory national service -- an idea this magazine has long supported -- would make a full-scale equal opportunity program feasible by supplying some of the labor, and giving middle-class children a stake in the program.
Employers have had several decades to deliver equal opportunity in workplaces but have failed to do it, so it's now time for legislative enforcement,' said ACTU President Ged Kearney.
Addressing the programme organized to mark the National Miniorities Day, Khurshid said : "The setting up of an Equal Opportunity Commission would not in any way block the National Minority Commission and that the two organisations will work hand-in-hand for the development of the minorities.
Scott Hebner, assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management, spoke to an audience of approximately 300 EOAs, command managed equal opportunity (CMEO) officers, command master chiefs and civilians, during this event.
Article 11 of the IREM Code of Professional Ethics states: A MEMBER shall not deny equal employment opportunity or equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or handicap and shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity.
KB Home is an equal opportunity employer,'' company spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said.
A Navy Supply Corps officer was among six military personnel and two Department of Defense civilian employees who were recently honored with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award in recognition of their contributions to military equal opportunity policies and programs.
The lesson plans also stress professionalism, discipline, self-discipline, always doing the right thing, and equal opportunity and treatment.
But those numbers don't trouble the Center for Equal Opportunity or the American Civil Rights Institute.
Although another finding of the new survey was that 36 percent of respondents agreed that ``it's OK to have a country where the races are basically separate from one another,'' they stipulated that it would be OK ``only as long as they have equal opportunity.
Surely Edley is correct in saying that antidiscrimination laws are necessary, but not sufficient, for morally equal opportunity.

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