Any employee in the workforce should be aware of the Title VII protections provided by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is there to prohibit employers from discriminating against those who have different backgrounds. For example, they are unable to discriminate against you for the color of your skin or your national origin.
Title VII doesn't apply to every employer in the United States, but it does apply to those with 15 or more employees. This helps cut down on the number of people impacted by unfair workplace discrimination tactics used to keep them out of the job or uncomfortable in the jobs they do have.
Where else does Title VII apply?
Title VII smartly applies to colleges, universities, labor organizations and employment agencies. That means that you can't be denied a spot at a university simply because of your race or sex. You can't be fired over religion, either.
What should you do if you think you have a claim under Title VII?
You need to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as soon as possible. You don't have long to file. If you wait more than six months (180 days) to file, you will lose your right to make a claim. You can file your claim without the help of your attorney and decide on an attorney to work with at a later date. If you are not sure about how to file or if you have a case, your attorney can help walk you through the process now and once the claim process begins. Our webpage has more on the steps you can take to protect your rights.