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Affirmative action is mentioned in association with efforts to promote social equalities at work places. Legislation was used to enforce and guarantee equality initiatives in organizations. These initiatives protected persons like the disabled the elderly, gender groups and others (Glenda, John & Anne, 2004: 196). Association of Research Libraries, Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, Association of Research Libraries and Office of Management Services (1990) educate that affirmative action is a set of procedures which are result-oriented towards protecting the rights of those vulnerable to discrimination in situations which successful persons gain on unfair grounds.

[...] And even though it is still needed, it requires modifications so that more positives can be realized than negatives in its adoption. References Association of Research Libraries, Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, Association of Research Libraries, and Office of Management Services (1990). Affirmative Action Policies and Practices in ARL Libraries, Issue 163. Washington D. C.: Association of Research Libr. Carol, A. & Catherine, B. (1996). Employment Equity, Affirmative Action and Managing Diversity: Assessing the Differences. International Journal of Manpower, 30-45 Charles, M. [...]

[...] Charles (1996) reports that antidiscrimination successes realized through affirmative action legislation are very few amounting to either two or three cases. In his conclusion, it is mentioned that this legislation has been undergoing challenges since its enactment. This is said to be due to the rejects arising from the harm it causes to the non-minorities and hence viewed as a liability by employers. Thus, most employers take advantage of the permits they have to make discriminate where need be. In this regard, the author views that the affirmative action legislation is still not appropriate and as it is now, it will not enable the government eliminate discrimination practices during employment. [...]

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