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Affirmative Action

United States federal, state, and local governments have enacted laws to ensure fair and equal treatment in and access to employment and education. Indiana University recognizes the role these laws play in promoting an equitable society and in furthering its mission of academic excellence.

Local Law

City of Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 2.21 (1983)—Prohibits discrimination in education, employment, access to public accommodations, and acquisition through purchase or rental of real property including but not limited to housing, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability.

State Law

Indiana Civil Rights Law (1971)—Prohibits discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, housing, and credit based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry.

Federal Laws

Federal Anit-Discrimination Laws (PDF)
Federal Affirmative Action Laws (PDF)

Affirmative Action

Executive Order 11246 Equal Employment Opportunity (as amended by 11375)—Requires affirmative action be taken to employ and advance qualified women and minorities and prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin in federally assisted programs.

Section 402, Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 (as amended)—Requires affirmative action be taken to employ and advance qualified veterans and disabled veterans and prohibits employment discrimination based on veteran or disabled veteran status in federally assisted programs.

Section 503, Rehabilitation Act of 1973—Requires affirmative action be taken to employ and advance qualified individuals with disabilities and prohibits employment discrimination based on a disability in federally assisted programs.

Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination Act of 1975—Prohibits discrimination based on age in programs or activities receiving federal funds including education.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967—Prohibits employment discrimination based on age for persons 40 years old and older.

Disability

American with Disabilities Act of 1990—Prohibits discrimination based on a disability in employment, public accommodations, public services (including education), transportation, and telecommunication and requires reasonable accommodations be made to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Section 503, Rehabilitation Act of 1973—Requires affirmative action be taken to employ and advance qualified individuals with disabilities and prohibits employment discrimination based on a disability in federally assisted programs.

Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973—Prohibits discrimination based on a disability in programs or activities receiving federal funds including education.

Sex Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978—Prohibits employment discrimination based on pregnancy or related conditions.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972—Prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities receiving federal funds including education (includes athletic programs).

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Equal Pay Act of 1963—Prohibits sex discrimination in payment of wages. Requires equivalent wages to men and women performing substantially equal work in the same establishment.

Race, Color, Religion, National Origin Discrimination

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—Prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal funds including education.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Veteran Status

Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)—Prohibits discrimination of individuals who serve or have served in the uniformed services and ensures that those who serve their country can retain their civilian employment and benefit. It further requires employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability of a disabled veteran.

Section 402, Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 (as amended)—Requires affirmative action be taken to employ and advance qualified veterans and disabled veterans and prohibits employment discrimination based on veteran or disabled veteran status in federally assisted programs.

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