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Equality of opportunity, sometimes known as Equal Opportunity, is a term which has differing definitions and there is no consensus as to the precise meaning.[1] In the classical sense, equality of opportunity is closely aligned with the concept of equality before the law, and ideas of meritocracy.

Equality of opportunity is in philosophical contrast to the concept of equality of outcome.



Some use it as a descriptive term for an approach intended to provide a certain social environment in which people are not excluded from the activities of society, such as education, employment, or health care, on the basis of immutable traits. Equal opportunity practices include measures taken by organizations to ensure fairness in the employment process. A basic definition of equality is the idea of equal treatment and respect.

In job advertisements and descriptions, the fact that the employer is an equal opportunity employer is sometimes indicated by the abbreviations EOE or MFDV which stands for Minority, Female, Disabled, Veteran.

See also

Equality of opportunity:

Equality of outcome:

External links


  1. ^ Rabe, Johan. 2001. Equality, Affirmative Action, and Justice. Books on Demand. p. 83

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