Affirmative Action in Employment: Guidelines from the Supreme Court

By Maureen Schild

American Jewish Committee (AJC), February 1982

Racial, ethnic and gender quotas have been a key issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, ever since the DeFunis case in 1974, with most Black, Hispanic and feminist groups favoring preferential quotas, and most Jews and other white ethnic groups opposing them. Quotas are precise, fixed proportions or numbers of places used in affirmative action plans to insure that an employer will meet its objective in hiring or promoting minorities or women. Advocates of quotas maintain that they are the most practical, and in some situations the only possible way to remedy the effects of past discrimination and bring minorities and women into the mainstream, particularly in employment. To depend on the good faith of employers to accomplish these ends, they argue, is often quite unrealistic.

Topic: Race, Policy, Law, Prejudice, Employment, Discrimination, Jobs

Name of Publication: Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers

Editor: Feitelson, Rose

Volume/Issue: 8

Page Number(s): 1--10

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Schild, Maureen. Affirmative Action in Employment: Guidelines from the Supreme Court. Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers. American Jewish Committee (AJC). February 1982: 1--10.


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