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Title VII is that portion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects an individual from employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Specifically, Title VII prohibits employers from hiring, refusing to hire,...What are the four protected classes under Title VII?
Protected Classes. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act established five protected classes: race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Additional protected classes have been added in the time since – age, veteran status, pregnancy, disability and genetic status.Does Title VII cover sexual orientation claims?
Some courts say claims for sexual orientation discrimination could be cognizable as a kind of stereotyping based on sex. But in 2000, the Second Circuit ruled that Title VII's prohibition against discrimination "because of ... sex" does not include sexual orientation, noting that Congress had refused to expand Title VII in that way.Do heterosexuals have Title VII rights?
Yeah, no. At least not under this set of facts. Also, the Fifth Circuit has not yet recognized that Title VII supports a claim for discrimination based on sexual orientation, regardless of whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual.