Discrimination by Race
From Title VII of The Civil Rights Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination and neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities and that are not job related. Equal employment opportunity cannot be denied because of marriage to or associations with an individual of a different race; membership in or association with ethnic based organizations or groups, or attendance or participation in schools or places of worship generally associated with certain minority groups. Title VII also deals with harrassment on the basis of race and/or color. Harrassment includes the use of ethnic slurs, racial "jokes", offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct. Title VII is also violated where minority employees are segregated by physically isolating them from other employees or from customer contacts.