Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace


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Which piece of legislation provides protection against employment discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic background, gender, or religious practices?

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1. If Deema has been identified as a previous target for employment discrimination, how would her situation be classified?

2. What happens as a result of members of a protected group being treated unfairly by an employer's personnel action?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the vocabulary and concepts around affirmative action. Some vocabulary terms you'll be tested on include Title VII, protected group and adverse impact.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following concepts:

  • The three principles of a diversified workforce
  • Passage of the Civil Rights Act
  • Protections provided by Title VII
  • Identification of protected groups
  • What constitutes an adverse impact

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz lets you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on affirmative action
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Civil Rights Act and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as protected groups and adverse impact
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the principles of a diversified workforce

Additional Learning

To learn more about affirmative action, review the corresponding lesson on affirmative action and its effects on diversity in the workplace. This lesson will help you:

  • Define affirmative action
  • Identify who is affected by affirmative action
  • Describe the three principles a diversified workforce is built upon
  • Learn about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Identify protected groups
  • Define and apply the concept of adverse impact