Over the course of the past several years, many laws have been enacted to deal with the ongoing problem of workplace discrimination. In broadest terms, these laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on almost any grounds except as it relates to job performance or personality.
The best known of these laws is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that any employer with 15 or more employees may not discriminate against someone based on their race, national origin, religion or gender. Title VII makes it illegal to refuse to hire or fire someone, deny training or promotions, harass, demote or pay them less based on these characteristics. An employer cannot also enact a policy or conduct a screening test that tends to screen out minorities or women as well, unless it involves a bona fide occupational qualification.
Several other laws have been passed that also protect people from various forms of discrimination. Some of those laws include:
If you have been the victim of discrimination, you should first seek administrative remedies to correct your situation. But if that does not work, you should seek to protect your rights by retaining the services an experienced workplace discrimination attorney.
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