Definition of equal opportunities in English:

equal opportunities

(also equal opportunity)

plural noun

  • The right to be treated without discrimination, especially on the grounds of one's sex, race, or age.

    ‘legislation concerning race relations and equal opportunities’
    ‘equal opportunity in education’
    [as modifier] ‘an equal opportunity policy’
    • ‘Princeton University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.’
    • ‘How have they benefitted from all the equal opportunities programmes in the public sector?’
    • ‘Leeds United chief executive Shaun Harvey said after the tribunal that the firm would always remain an equal opportunities employer.’
    • ‘In London there was a call for submissions from architects having an equal opportunities policy in place.’
    • ‘The institutional injustice that women face needs to be set right and they need equal opportunities and encouragement to succeed.’
    • ‘Some equal opportunity campaigners are concerned that the rash of discrimination cases may be doing more damage than good.’
    • ‘Segregation laws kept the races apart and denied equal opportunities to black people.’
    • ‘However, he did insist equal opportunities and racial discrimination were issues taken very seriously by the court.’
    • ‘During the course, the teenagers learned about impartiality, equal opportunities and how to develop their listening skills.’
    • ‘Many local authorities have equal opportunities policies to ensure that all applicants are treated with fairness.’
    • ‘Many health boards and trusts have no specific race and equal opportunities policies.’
    • ‘He was an early proponent of the rights of women to equal opportunities.’
    • ‘The report reveals that many health boards and trusts have no specific race and equal opportunities policies in place, and where they do they are often out of date.’
    • ‘Now is the time when we have to give due attention to the excluded classes by providing them with equal opportunities of welfare and education.’
    • ‘Women are highly regarded as decision makers and the government offers equal opportunities in employment and education.’
    • ‘Many institutions have an equal opportunities policy, but do they have an anti-racist code of practice?’
    • ‘When it comes to business I am an equal opportunity employer through and through.’
    • ‘His appointment has caused upset within company ranks as the post had not been advertised contravening equal opportunities policy.’
    • ‘A good employer will have agreed equal opportunities and other policies such as anti-harassment with the union.’
    • ‘The firm defended its policy yesterday and said it was committed to an equal opportunities policy.’
    fairness, justice, impartiality, egalitarianism, equal opportunity
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