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Diversity and the Federal Workforce
  • Alev Dudek
In a society based on merit, everyone would be judged by their qualifications and would have equal access to employment opportunities, without limitations based on gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, accent, sexual orientation, and similar protected or non-protected traits. Ideally, the diversity of a workforce would match the make-up of the population, and most importantly, diversity would be scattered proportionally across all income levels. 

This paper is examining access to equal opportunity through the example of the federal government. As the nation’s largest employer, the government of the United States has not only an opportunity to demonstrate how access to Equal Employment Opportunities is supposed to work, but also the duty, as it should be a leader in enforcing the laws of the country, complying with American ideals, and demonstrating accountability toward the people who fund the government jobs. Additionally, a government workforce that represents the diversity of the people it serves makes a better government from which everyone benefits. 

A thorough analysis of various data shows, however, that a merit-based society and access to equal employment opportunities are worthy ideals that have little to do with reality as social networks and historical structures continue to determine access to opportunities in the United States.
  • Diversity,
  • Federal Government,
  • Workforce,
  • Equality,
  • EEO,
  • Discrimination
Publication Date
Summer June, 2015
Citation Information
Alev Dudek. "Diversity and the Federal Workforce" (2015)
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