Affirmative action requires you to take positive steps to identify discrimination based on protected class status and to improve work opportunities for women, racial and ethnic minorities and people who belong to other protected groups that have been deprived of job opportunities.
Affirmative action involves making a specific effort to recruit individuals on the basis of membership in protected classes. Affirmative action also involves taking positive actions to ensure that individuals, when employed, have an equal opportunity for benefits and promotions. Affirmative action involves determining areas of workforce underrepresentation, locating qualified protected class candidates by enlarging the recruiting base and developing the skills they need to succeed in those new positions.
The following information discusses affirmative action requirements that were enacted before the effective date of Proposition 209 for state contractors and subcontractors. The Office of Compliance Programs (OCP) continues to enforce these requirements.