The law is a complex body of material created to promote public safety. Rules and regulations often reflect what society believes. When there are laws rooted in discrimination, we have to fight to change them because those laws are outdated and no longer reflect what our society deems appropriate. Our Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorneys at Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers are going to simplify Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a constitutional protection against discrimination in the workplace.
History of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The history of racism in this country isn’t “history”; it is very much present and active in our work community. A workplace is a place where you should feel at ease and productive. You should not feel fearful of showing your true self, but unfortunately, it is still the case in most workplaces throughout California.
Title VII is a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This provision protects people from discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, and national origin. The equal rights movement started to gain traction in the 1940s and progressed into full bloom in the 1960s. Historical leaders of the equal rights movement like Martin Luther King Jr were influential to Congress to pick up the cause and finally create law the recognizes social issues of race in America. The original Act did not include gender until a segregationist included “because of sex” to the bill, as a joke, thinking it would kill the bill. It didn’t. After a 54-day filibuster, the Civil Rights Act of 1965 passed the Senate in June 1964.
Who does Title VII Cover?
Title VII states explicitly that it “protects applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), or national origin. Religious discrimination includes failing to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practices where the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship.”
Even though California is an at-will state, it is unlawful for employers to let go of employees due to discrimination. Many big defense attorneys will try to twist the narrative and show a nondiscriminatory reason for letting you go. Our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys are prepared to help you navigate this terrain and reveal the truth you were discriminated against.
How to Win a Title VII Case?
The way to win is to know how to navigate the judicial system. If you feel that you have been discriminated against at work, starting a conversation with our Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorneys is the first step of many. We can help you file a complaint with the EEOC and continue from there. We have the means to investigate and request documents relevant to your situation. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 310-527-6994.