Making Sense of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
If you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment, you may have heard about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already. But do you really understand it and what it entails?
Title VII of the Act prohibits discrimination by covered employers over race, color, religion, sex or national origin. In addition, it also prevents discrimination against an individual over their association with another person who is of a particular race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In essence, the title is in place to protect individuals from workplace discrimination or abuse of any kind, including sexual harassment. Title VII only applies to firms that employ 15 or more employees.
Title VII also states the right of individuals who have been discriminated against or harassed to file a lawsuit against the offender. Those who feel as though they have been subjected to discrimination or who have been sexually harassed or assaulted must file a complaint of with the EEOC within 180 days of learning of the discrimination or they may lose the right to file a lawsuit.
There are also important additions to who can be protected under the title. Anyone who has been discriminated against or sexually harassed because of pregnancy, age, disability, or sexual orientation (including transgender individuals) is also protected under Title VII.
For more information about Title VII or to defend your rights as a victim, contact a sexual harassment lawyer today.