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What Is Governmental Discrimination?
Governmental discrimination is discrimination committed by the government or in a government setting. Governmental Discrimination is like any other type that would occur in the private sector, such as discrimination based on race, sex, and age.
Governmental discrimination most often occurs in the context of employment disputes. If you work directly for the federal or state government, or one of their agencies, you are considered a government employee. What this means is that any legal dispute you may have arising from your employment may be handled differently than if you were in the private sector.
Are Federal and State Governments Exempt from Discrimination Laws?
Surprisingly, not all anti-discrimination laws apply to the federal and state governments. Of the most notable are the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which does not apply to the state governments or their agencies, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which applies to neither the federal government or the state governments. Employment anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation also do not apply to the state governments, though they do apply to the federal government.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, probably the most significant anti-discrimination law, does apply to both the federal and state governments as well as their agencies. Title VII prohibits government employers from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and national origin.
Do I Need a Governmental Discrimination Attorney?
If you feel that the government has discriminated against you, speak to a civil rights attorney. It may also be wise to consult with an employment lawyer to discuss your options if the discrimination occurred at a government job. Speaking with the proper attorney experienced in governmental discrimination cases will help educate you of your rights as well as preserve any legal remedies you may have.
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Last Modified: 04-17-2015 09:40 AM PDT
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