Employee Issue:

Extent of Anti-Discrimination Laws

The following describes the extent of anti-discrimination laws. If you have experienced discrimination at your job, a workplace discrimination attorney can explain the provisions of anti-discrimination laws and determine whether you can pursue a lawsuit. To contact a job discrimination lawyer today, fill out our free case review form.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discrimination against employees and applicants based on race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy or national origin. The Act also prohibits harassment based on these characteristics.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination of employees aged 40 or older. The ADEA does not apply to state governments, its agencies or private employers with less than 20 employees.

The Equal Pay Act requires that women and men receive equal pay for equal work. Also, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) prohibits employers from discriminating based on citizenship or national origin. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids employers from discriminating against job applicants or employees on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition. Lastly, the Americans with Disabilities Act makes it illegal to discriminate against a disabled person in any aspect of employment.

Although not all employees are covered by sexual orientation discrimination laws, federal government employees are protected from this form of discrimination. In addition, many states including New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts have laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.

If you have been subjected to discrimination at your job, a workplace discrimination attorney may be able to help you pursue a lawsuit. To find out if you have a case, fill out our free case review form on the right.

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