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Governing Laws

The following are three major laws that govern discrimination in employment.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964:

Title VII of this historic Act made discrimination against an employee(or those seeking employment) based on race, sex, age, religion or national origin illegal. It is found in Volume 42 of the United States Code, beginning at section 2000e.

The American with Disabilities Act:

The American With Disabilities Act(known also as the ADA) was created to remove barriers preventing individuals from enjoying the same freedoms and benefits enjoyed by those without disabilities. The ADA protects individuals with disabilities in all employment practices such as recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, lay-offs, rif`s, pay, firingjob assignments, benefits and leave. It is also intended to ensure equal access in transportation, communication and cultural opportunities. The ADA can be located in Volume 42 of the United States Code beginning at section 12101.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act:

Also known as the ADEA,  the Age Discrimination in Employment Act provides that no person should suffer discrimination based on their age. Individuals who are over forty years of age and believe that they have suffered adverse employment actions such as termination, discipline, harassment, lay-offs, rif1s solely because of their age, may seek relief under this Act. It can be found in Volume 29 of the United States Code, beginning at section 621.

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