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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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Salient features of EOC draft The salient feature of the draft bill was that EOC's jurisdiction was not confined to just equal treatment by the state, but it also extended to private enterprises and institutions, including industries and business, if they have denied equal opportunity to the deprived groups, particularly in reference to access to employment, education and such other areas which the appropriate government may decide.
'These are measures the ACTU called for in our submission to the Government's review of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act in 2009.
"We do not want any commission such as the National Minority Commission to be any way undermined or diluted because of the emergence of Equal Opportunity Commission," Khurshid said.
That is especially true regarding the information necessary to assess and ensure equal opportunity. Although the president promised in signing the ARRA that "the federal government will be held to new standards of transparency and accountability," spending decisions on the ground have proved very difficult for affected communities to track or participate in.
"Equal opportunity and diversity are both very important elements of our Navy total force and are an absolute necessity as we go forward to continue to remain highly competitive with the private sector workforce," said Hebner.
There have been other instances of alleged failure of members to comply with the equal opportunity portion of IREM's Code of Ethics.
According to a release in FedNews OnLine[TM], Johnson said the recipients were selected for the honor during a yearlong search by the military service departments to identify people who have done exceptional work in the area of equal opportunity, affirmative action and other outreach civil rights work.
Could AFROTC techniques work in the general student populace?" The answer is "yes and no." Yes, universities could require every student to take a class, complete with case studies, discussing core values, discipline, self-discipline, equal opportunity and treatment, professionalism, integrity, service before self, excellence in all they do, accountability, responsibility, duty, honor, and country.
"I don't think that we should expect the medical profession or any other profession to mirror precisely the racial and ethnic makeup of the rest of the country," said Roger Clegg, vice president and general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity, a nonprofit public policy research organization in suburban Washington, D.C.
Drug-using minorities are denied equal opportunity, being socially excluded just as traditional sex discrimination excluded women and traditional racism excluded ethnic minorities.
The new law prohibited racial segregation in public places and established equal opportunity in employment and education.
WRO is a not-for-profit organization that works countywide to promote equal opportunity in housing, promote affordable housing, and assist the elderly and disabled with myriad housing issues.

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