These are the four main goals of affirmative action:
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There are many specific examples of affirmative action policies, but here are a few of the most common:
There can be negative consequences associated with affirmative action policies.
One potentially negative consequence is that employers may feel pressure to hire qualified applicants from underrepresented groups, even if those applicants are not the best fit for the job. This can lead to a situation in which people are hired not because they are the most qualified, but simply because they are members of a certain group.
Another potential negative consequence is that white men may feel that they are being unfairly discriminated against. This is because, in some cases, affirmative action policies may result in the hiring of black employees over white employees, even if the white employees might be sometimes more qualified. This can create tension and resentment among employees, and may ultimately lead to a decline in productivity.
There are a variety of alternative approaches to addressing inequality, and which approach is best depends on the specific situation. Some approaches include:
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