There are a large number of federal employment discrimination laws that prohibit many forms of discrimination against many different groups of people. Many of these laws apply to different types of employers. As an employer, it is important to know what laws you are subject to. So, here's a very brief listing of a few of the major federal employment discrimination laws and who they apply to.
Title VII prohibits discrimination based on a variety of factors, including race, sex, and national origin. Title VII is probably the broadest and most important federal employment discrimination law and applies to all of the following:
The EPA requires that men and women who perform the same (or substantially same) work be paid equally. The EPA essentially applies to all employers.
The ADEA makes it unlawful to discriminate against individuals who are 40 years old or older. The ADEA does not apply to state governments or their agencies. Rather, the ADEA applies to:
The ADA protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on those disabilities. While the ADA does not apply to the federal government or state governments, it does apply to the following types of employers:
The IRCA makes it illegal to discriminate against someone one the basis of his or her citizenship or national origin. The IRCA applies to any employer that has 4 or more employees.
The FMLA requires certain amounts of leave be granted for family and/or medical reasons, such as sickness and maternal leave. The FMLA applies to employers that have 50 or more employees or that are engaged in interstate commerce.
Employment discrimination laws are very complex. On top of this complexity, there are a large number of federal laws in addition to all the state laws that exist. The above are just a few laws and brief overviews of who they apply to. An experienced employment discrimination lawyer can help you in determining which laws will apply to you and what to do if someone accuses you of discrimination.
Last Modified: 05-05-2015 11:12 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.