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History of Affirmative Action (Timeline)
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  • Executive Order No. 10925 (1961): established the President's committee of Equal Employment Opportunity which later became the EEOC
  • Equal Pay Act (1963): Protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination
  • Civil Rights Act - Title VII (1964): Prohibits employment discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, sex or national origin
  • Age Discrimination and Employment Act (1965): Protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older
  • Executive Order No. 11246 (1965): Prohibits federal contractors from employment discrimination on race, religion, color or national origin and to take affirmative action
  • Executive Order No. 11375 (1967): Amended EO 11246 to prohibit discrimination on sex as well
  • Vietnam ERA Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA, 1974): Requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment, veterans protected by this act and prohibits discrimination against these veterans

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