Confronting Racial Bias at Work Challenges and Solutions for 21st Century Employment Discrimination
It has been more than 50 years since the passage of Title VII, our nation’s major employment discrimination law. The original intention of this law was to prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin — including the hiring process, employment termination and virtually everything in between. As a high-profile section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title VII played a key role in leading the nation out of an ugly era of intentional and often state-sanctioned racism. The law created and expanded the powers of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and, with the help of some supportive federal court decisions, initially led to measurable progress against racial and gender segregation. Various media reports and EEOC publications present evidence that Title VII and the EEOC continue to provide a measure of justice for workers of color in some hard-fought cases.
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