Related resource: Use this OFCCP audit checklist to ensure you’re doing what is required to maintain OFCCP’s regulations including VEVRAA, Section 503, and EO 11246.

Affirmative action is the primary source of workplace diversity. The government’s commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) put in place by President John F. Kennedy in the early 60s, promising that hiring would be done “without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin.” Since then, several amendments have been made to this original commitment, tailoring it to veterans, those who have disabilities, and more.

With the government’s commitment to equal employment opportunity, as well as laws and acts springing up to ensure that all job seekers are on an equal playing field in their search, hiring a diverse workforce isn’t necessarily something that you should be forced to do; it is essential to ensuring your employee base is the best it can be, leaving behind any bias or preconceptions.

Why is it essential to have a diverse workplace? The obvious answer is that your company is requ