What is Title VII?

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As unfortunate as it may be, workplace discrimination is all too common. The federal government has implemented legislation to combat any workplace discrimination that may come to fruition when a person is applying for a job or looking to advance their career at the job they already have. Many instances of workplace discrimination occur at the time of the job application process or when a current employee is trying to obtain a higher position within the company.

Many times, a person may find that they are being discriminated against because of their age, gender orientation, a disability they may have, the religion they practice, their race, and a number of other factors. It is unlawful for an employer to mistreat a current or potential employee, deny a person a job, a deny an employee a promotion, job benefits, etc. simply because of these factors.

One of the laws that can protect employees is Title VII from the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This protects a person from being treated unfavorably because of the religious beliefs they practice. Employers are required to accommodate a person’s religious practices within the workplace if they are reasonable and do not have a true negative impact on the functionality of the business. Additionally, employers are not permitted to force employees to participate in religious activities as an employment condition. Title VII also protects employees from discrimination based on their gender identity, race, nationality, and other previously mentioned classifications. This act also prohibits employees from being subject to any behavior that can be considered sexual harassment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is applicable to businesses that have fifteen employees or more.  If you believe that you may be the victim of a Title VII violation, you should contact the experienced employment law attorneys at The Vigilante Law Firm, P.C.

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