Affirmative Action in the Workplace: Pros, Cons & Examples Video


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What is affirmative action in the workplace?

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1. Which of the following helped to establish affirmative action in the workplace?

2. What is the primary argument in support of affirmative action?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Does affirmative action help to eradicate discrimination, or can it contribute to it? This quiz and worksheet will help you quickly assess your knowledge of this practice and to realize its potential benefits as well as its possible negative consequences.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Whether affirmative action applies only to minorities
  • Whether it is legal to show preference for a job candidate who is of a demographic that has shown to be discriminated against
  • Whether the argument can be made that affirmative action is reverse discrimination
  • Whether affirmative action might be necessary to open fields to some demographics that would otherwise not be able to enter a specific field
  • Whether affirmative action has been shown to be ineffective

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding what affirmative action is and how it is implemented
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about workplace demographics in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the arguments for and against affirmative action

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Affirmative Action in the Workplace: Pros, Cons, Examples & Statistics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe affirmative action
  • Raise questions about its use and benefits in the workplace
  • Detail arguments in favor of and against affirmative action
  • Discuss legal implications of affirmative action