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boards and trusts have no specific race and equal opportunities policies in place, and where they do they are often out of date.’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