EEO and the Fair Go Workplace: The Australian Experience

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Strachan, Glenda
Burgess, John
Henderson, Lindy
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Mark Easterby-Smith; Mari Sako

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2005
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What has been the impact of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for women? It is nearly twenty years since affirmative action and anti-discrimination legislation addressed the disadvantaged position of women in the Australian labour market. During that time there has been an apparent shift in focus from addressing disadvantaged social groups toward recognising and responding to individual differences and needs. This paper examines the reasons why a selection of 'best practice' organisations say that they engage in EEO policies and practices. While the case for fairness and equal access, and the need for individuals to be protected from discrimination are used by some organisations, the business case is privileged. Publicly available reports together with confidential interviews with HR (HR) managers in a small number of organisations provide data to examine the way EEO is practiced in these organisations.

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Challenges of Organizations in Global Markets

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© 2005 British Academy of Management (BAM). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link for access to publisher's website.

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