San Juan, PR (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
Almeda University, as part of their continuing dedication to the nation’s employers and employees, announces a new program to support employers with their compliance of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Richard Smith, Director of Almeda University, states, “Almeda University’s commitment to employers and employees alike continues as they struggle with the new dynamics of degree requirements that challenge the Civil Rights Act. To this end, we are announcing that we have created a support initiative where employers can contact us to strategize compliance.”
Almeda University’s Life Experience Degrees are the ideal solution for employers seeking to upgrade the educational credential of their current employees to stave off lawsuits brought by potential employees due to degree requirements. Professionals find that degrees offered by Almeda University is the right fit to attain their employer’s mandated degree credentials. Today, many organizations have increased the educational credentials required for specific positions. While this is generally acceptable for new hires, a challenge arises from current employees that do not have the minimum required education for the position they hold. A college degree represents not only the minimum level of education required, but is a symbol that the applicant/employee has the necessary basic skills and competency for the position.
If the organization can prove that a college degree is necessary for the position or certification, then they are not in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. However, if they cannot prove a degree is a requirement, they may find themselves subject to a lawsuit for being in violation. Griggs v. Duke Power Co., (1971) 401 U.S. 424 is considered the landmark case for discriminatory educational requirements. In the Court’s decision, the plaintiff won against their employer, and the findings of the case indicated that an educational degree requirement cannot be legitimately tied to the functions of the job.
Today, qualified, yet non-degreed employees can sue their employers if they are consistently passed over for promotions or new opportunities within the company if those being awarded new positions are degreed. To support employers, Almeda University’s Life Experience Degree program can be realized by qualified professionals that need an accredited degree for a promotion or job advancement. While previously some employers have been critical of experiential degree programs, many are now embracing them as a cost-efficient way to encourage advancement of their existing employees that are lacking in the stated educational degree requirements.
About Almeda University
Since 1997, Almeda University has been the leader of nontraditional degrees. Through comprehensive evaluation of students’ background and skills, degrees are awarded where mastery of a particular discipline is proven. Degrees are available at the Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degree level, with an abundance of choices in majors and specializations through one-on-one student to professor Prior Learning Assessments. Each program is customized, and is entirely self-paced, allowing students to fast-track their degree, or take their time. Almeda University holds membership and accreditation with the Committee for Distance Education Accreditation, The Association for Online Academic Excellence, Interfaith Education Ministries and the NAOAA (National Association of Online Academic Assessors).
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