Equal Rights Essay

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Equal Rights Proposition Paper SOC/315 Cultural Diversity October 15, 2012 Equal Rights Proposition Paper The Equal Rights Amendments was first proposed in 1923 by Alice Paul to acknowledge that women and men have equal rights under the law; however, the Equal Rights Amendments (ERA) is not a part of the United States Constitution (Equal Rights, 2012). Four states have not signed the ratification although the Equal Rights Amendment was reintroduced and made it to Congress in 1972. Throughout the years other policies have passed, such as the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) established to ensure that Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice, administers, and enforces by the federal laws (HUD, 2012). In this paper, team A have outlined current social issues relating to the rights of African American in obtaining access to housing, challenges in the workplace, and government policies put in place to enforce laws against discrimination, and stereotyping. Issues, challenges, and opportunities – African American Issues African American whose average annual household income is less than the national average does not have sufficient income to rent a house, an apartment, or purchase a home without obtaining an FHA loan, bank loan, or other types of financing. The issues in the labor force involve unfair hiring practices, minimum wages, a lack of experience, and the last hired, first fired. Some organizations have eliminated on-the-job training programs, apprenticeship programs, and internships. Challenges The African American population has the highest rate of employment among ethnic groups and Whites (Censky, 2011). African American cannot compete successfully with more experience job seeker who is employed or unemployed without job readiness skills, a clean background, and an opportunity. Non-African

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