What Are The Protected Classes Under Title VII?

What Are The Protected Classes Under Title VII

It is more difficult to prove discrimination than what most people might initially think. Employers are allowed to fire people for nearly any reason, including just because of dislike. In order to prove that prohibited discrimination occurred, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires that the discrimination that happened must fall in one of 11 specific categories. If you believe that discrimination occurred, the experienced team at Swartz Swidler can assess whether or not what happened was illegally discriminatory. Illegal discrimination involves negative job actions against Title VII protected classes because of their characteristics.

What is the protected class definition?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has had a large impact on how courts determine which groups are protected under employment discrimination laws. The law prohibits discrimination against members of protected classes in public workplaces and educational institutions. Under the Civil Rights Act, employers and schools may not discriminate against people because of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Race

What are some examples of discrimination?

The individual classes are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because the class members are people who commonly face forms of discrimination. For instance, people who come from different national origins are often treated unfavorably because of their original countries or their heritage. When employers require workers to only speak English in the workplace, it may be discriminatory in nature if there is not a valid reason for the rule. A valid reason for such a rule is that the effective performance of the job necessitates speaking in English. Employers may also not fire workers because of their accents.

Workers who are female or who have a different sexual orientation sometimes experience discrimination as well. If the workers are subjected to offensive comments, teasing and jokes, it can cause the workplace to become hostile in nature. Workers who suffer negative job actions or who are fired because of their gender or sexual orientation have been illegally discriminated against.

Contact an employment discrimination attorney about your claim

If you believe that you were discriminated against because of your protected status, an experienced employment attorney at Swartz Swidler might be able to help you. A discrimination attorney may also be able to help you if your workplace has become a hostile environment. Call Swartz Swidler today to schedule your consultation.