How Title VII Affects the Workplace Paper
The last decade has produced an explosion of racial employment discrimination lawsuits. These lawsuits have resulted in record-breaking settlements. By federally mandating every business to review the history, impact and proposed policy of Article VII these lawsuits may subside. Reviewing Title VII is a step corporate America must soon make or continue to loose much needed revenue. Our team will discuss the history of Title VII, the impact of Title VII in the workplace, who is and who is not covered under Title VII as well as propose policies that companies should have in place to avoid Title VII violations. The Evolution of Title VII and its Amendments
Title VII covers many issues under employee's rights regarding the Civil Right Act of 1964, however there other titles created under this Act (Bennett-Alexander, D., & Hartman, L., 2007). "The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 also created the legal basis for nondiscrimination in voting, education, public accommodation and federally assisted programs" (Bennett-Alexander, D., & Hartman, L., 2007). When slavery ended our country was forced to develop a bond with people that had no social or legal relationship with the rest of the world. Because of this separation, Jim Crow laws were developed. This law regulated the separation of blacks and whites in every aspect of life and therefore discrimination was practiced. Racial discrimination was the driving force behind the enactment of Title VII which states that "(1) it shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex or national origin. (2) limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin" (Bennett-Alexander, D., & Hartman, L., 2007). Title VII applies equally to everyone, however it gave new rights to women and minorities who had limited means for solving job discrimination issues (EEOC, 1997). Title VII opened new avenues to eliminating discrimination and creating expectation of fairness in employment. In efforts in eliminating discrimination and to ensure no one would be excluded amendments followed Title VII, providing protection from discrimination in many areas. For example discrimination against age and disability are amendments to Title VII (Bennett-Alexander, D., & Hartman, L., 2007). The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to employers of 20 or more employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) intentions are to make society more accessible to people with disabilities (Bennett-Alexander, D., & Hartman, L., 2007). Although Title VII has been amended many times since it origination the basis of its existence is to clearly prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin (Bennett-Alexander, D., & Hartman, L., 2007). Application of Title VII and its Amendments in the Workplace The Impact of Title VII in the Workplace; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is considered the single most import piece of legislation in the United States. This legislation is responsible for forging the shape of employment law rights, defining the parameters of discrimination, those that are protected, and to set clear lines of prohibited or unacceptable practices of discrimination in the workplace. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), The Civil Rights Act of 1964 strictly prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin (EEOC, 1997). The impact of Title VII...
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