Grappling With The Meaning Of Discrimination

Law360, New York (September 1, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT) -- The basic policy of our federal employment discrimination laws is simple and straightforward: thou shalt not discriminate in employment. The specific language of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is quite precise:

"It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer ... to discriminate against any individual ... because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex or national origin."

In addition, other federal statutes prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, pregnancy and disability.

Our discrimination laws seem simple enough, but...
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