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Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal

Abstract

The authors argue that achieving diversity should be one of the main legitimate justifications for affirmative action programs, in addition to the traditionally cited "remedy for past discrimination" justification. The authors describe the legal framework for affirmative action beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They discuss the various types of affirmative action plans - public and private, court ordered and voluntary. The article concludes with a discussion of Department of Justice and EEOC policies towards affirmative action, arguing that the federal government should be the biggest proponent of such programs.

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