Employment Lawyers Fighting for Workers’ Rights in New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Throughout the United States

What Is The Civil Rights Act Of 1964?

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech in which he called for legislation that would give all Americans the right to equal access to public facilities. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted by Congress in response. At the time that the law was enacted, it was considered to be revolutionary. It prohibited discrimination against people based on protected characteristics such as race, color, national origin, religion, and gender. These protections apply in employment, housing, and educational settings. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler may help you to understand if your rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been violated.

What the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended unequal voter registration requirements based on race or gender. Businesses that were engaged in interstate commerce were also prohibited from discriminating against people based on their race. State and municipal governments were also prohibited from barring the access of people to public facilities based on their protected characteristics. The law also ended segregation of schools based on race and prohibited many forms of workplace discrimination. The law’s provisions are enforced by the federal government under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and section 8 of the First Amendment.

Schedule an appointment today. Call (856) 685-7420 or

Schedule an appointment today.
Call (856) 685-7420 or

Provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act contains a number of different provisions that are arranged by title. The provisions that prohibit workplace discrimination are found in Title VII of the act. Covered employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers based on their race, national origin, gender, color or religion under Title VII. Additional protected characteristics were later added with the passage of other laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and others.

The legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Immediately after the law was passed, a number of states filed challenges to it. This was especially true of the law’s desegregation provisions, forcing the federal government to act to enforce the court decisions. Today, the Civil Rights Act’s employment discrimination provisions that are found in Title VII are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The protected classes have been expanded to include guest workers and immigrants.

If you are a member of a protected class and believe that you have been the victim of unlawful employment discrimination, it is important for you to talk to an experienced employment lawyer at Swartz Swidler. Call us today to schedule an appointment to learn about your potential discrimination claim.

Most Frequently Asked Question: Do I Have A Case?

While it is true that every case is different, The law is pretty clear in most cases. The best way to determine if you have a case is to contact one of our attorneys. For more information check out the FAQ below or visit our FAQ Page

Most Frequently Asked Question:
Do I Have A Case?

While it is true that every case is different, The law is pretty clear in most cases. The best way to determine if you have a case is contact one of our attorneys. For more information on a just a few scenarios checkout the flip box FAQ below or visit our FAQ Page.

Our Locations

Cherry Hill Headquarters

1101 Kings Hwy N
Suite 402
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

Phone: (856) 685-7420
Fax: (856) 685-7417

Philadelphia Satellite Office

123 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 995-2733

Our Locations

Cherry Hill Headquarters

1101 Kings Hwy N
Suite 402
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

Phone: (856) 685-7420
Fax: (856) 685-7417

Philadelphia Satellite Office

123 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 995-2733