Affirmative Action Policies and Regulations
As a Federal contractor, UIC is subject to regulatory requirements under the laws enforced by the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246; Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the affirmative action provisions of Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). Collectively, these legal mandates prohibit discrimination and require Federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a Vietnam era or special veteran.
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What is Affirmative Action?
Affirmative Action is an active effort to improve employment or educational opportunities for underrepresented communities such as veterans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and women. Affirmative Action has been in effect since 1961 when President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order requiring federally-funded employers to “Take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed . . . without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.”
Affirmative action began as a government remedy to the effects of long-standing discrimination against these individuals and has consisted of policies, programs, and procedures that provide equal opportunity to these protected groups in job hiring, admission to institutions of higher education, the awarding of government contracts, and other social and civil benefits. Its primary goal is to ensure employers create a level playing field—that no qualified person is disadvantaged or treated unfairly during the hiring or promotion process because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
As a recipient of federal funds, receiving more than $50,000 of government contracts a year, the University of Illinois at Chicago must comply with Affirmative Action requirements and develop an Affirmative Action Plan and program in place. The Affirmative Action Director implements the plan with various campus partners, to track and report on the affirmative action goals.
The Affirmative Action Plan is designed to comply with applicable federal laws and regulations.