Title 7 Harassment
The rights of employees are protected by Federal law under Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark legislation rendered discrimination in the workplace based on certain characteristics illegal.
According to Title 7, an employer cannot take negative action against a worker or potential employee based on:
- Race or color of skin
- National origin or ethnicity
The legislation also protects against discrimination based on association with an individual with a particular race, national origin, etc., such as an interracial marriage.
Supplemental legislation has expanded this law, through the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These additional sections forbid discrimination based on pregnancy, age, and disability.
Discriminatory actions prohibited by Title 7 can include:
- Denying a promotion, or demoting an employee
- Firing a current employee
- Paying a certain worker less than others of the same position
- Refusing to hire a potential employee
- Taking action against an employee who reports discrimination
- Tolerating or promoting harassment against an employee
Federal law strictly forbids any of these negative actions based on protected characteristics. Therefore employees who suffer discrimination may have grounds to seek justice from the employer, possibly in the form of compensation. The Employment Law Attorneys of the Powers Law Firm have years of experience helping clients seek restitution for offensive discrimination in the workplace. With knowledge of the complex details involved with proving a Title 7 violation, they can review a situation and help victims of discrimination through every step of the legal process.