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Affirmative Action in the Workplace

We're working to promote and defend programs that help women and other underrepresented groups overcome barriers to equal employment opportunities.

Highlights

Fact Sheet | Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

May 22, 2012

The typical construction worker earns nearly $19.00 an hour - double the typical wage in female-dominated occupations such as home health aides, maids and child care workers.  This fact sheet discusses the participation of women in the construction industry and explains how increasing women's participation in construction and other fields traditionally dominated by men is critical to ensuring women's economic security.

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Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Testimony re: OFCCP Enforcement Actions

April 18, 2012

OFCCP administers and enforces the civil rights of all those employed by federal contractors and subcontractors, covering approximately one-fourth of the civilian workforce. The key role that OFCCP has played in improving economic security for workers and their families cannot be overstated. Read more...

Fact Sheet | Affirmative Action and What It Means for Women

June 30, 2000

Affirmative action programs have played a critical role in opening up opportunities for women and minorities to begin to take their rightful place in our society. But equal opportunity for women is still a long way off.  This fact sheet highlights the barriers to advancement women face and explains what affirmative action means for women.

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More Resources

Reports & Toolkits | Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground

June 11, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Files Amicus Brief in UPMC Braddock v. Thomas Perez

December 31, 2013

Fact Sheet | Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

May 22, 2012

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Testimony re: OFCCP Enforcement Actions

April 18, 2012

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Comments to OFCCP Re: Proposed Non-Discrimination Data Collection Tool

October 11, 2011