Affirmative Action

A policy or practice of proactively hiring, promoting, or increasing in representation certain protected classes of people, such as women and minorities, who have suffered employment discrimination in the past. Three federal laws require affirmative action by federal contractors and subcontractors:

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ( (OFCCP) within the Department of Labor ( (DOL) administers and enforces these three laws. For more information about these affirmative action laws, see Practice Note, Affirmative Action: Overview.

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