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New EEOC guidelines scale back workplace diversity efforts

by Amanda Luker

Oct. 8, 2004 – The Bush administration is handing down new guidelines that could scale back efforts to increase opportunities for women and minorities in the workplace. The new guidelines, Management Directive 715, created by the mostly-Bush-appointed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, remove the word "underrepresented" to describe women and minorities, even though it still applies.

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Managers at federal agencies, under the directive, must evaluate potential barriers for minorities and women while deemphasizing the statistical composition of their workplace. Civil rights activists are criticizing the directive, saying the statistics are an important representation of the imbalance that still exists.

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