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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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Finally, the EOC would have power to require compliance of equal opportunity practice codes and to take violators to the court.
We are pleased that the Federal Government is acting on recommendations made by unions to make reforms to the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act.
Khurshid said the government expects the Equal Opportunity Commission to "Seamlessly from the outstanding work and excellent work that it has done under the leadership of such outstanding people as Mohammed Shafi Qureshi.
The Navy continues to demonstrate its commitment to equal opportunity and diversity through continued training extended to its Sailors and civilians.
On a practical side, integrating equal opportunity into a member's everyday life, both at work and in personal relations, makes a lot of sense.
In 1999, the Center for Equal Opportunity sent Freedom of Information Act requests to several Illinois public universities to scrutinize their admissions procedures.
The new law prohibited racial segregation in public places and established equal opportunity in employment and education.
Black Lives, Government Lies' was written by Dr Ros Kidd and was officially launched in Brisbane by the Social Justice Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
And for those rural communities in Pembrokeshire whose "uneconomic" schools are under threat it must give them equal opportunity to see their future drain away while they watch.
For the past half-century, we've tried to promote equal opportunity, tap into the potential of all American children, and thereby raise the overall level of achievement, by pursuing a twin strategy of racial integration and compensatory educational spending.
We must support organizations, such as the NAACP, the National Action Network and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, that are at the forefront of the fight for equal opportunity.
Case, a Chicago-born consultant who has spent more than 20 years in Brazil, finds the notion of affirmative action and equal opportunity alien to the local culture.

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