Protected Groups

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Protected Groups (hereinafter, the Lectio) is the second lesson part of the Labor Regulations lesson that introduces its participants to labor laws and related regulatory compliance.

This lesson belongs to the Introduction to Employment session of EmployableU Concepts.


The predecessor lectio is Labor Laws.


In the United States, a protected group refers to those workers who are qualified for special protection by a labor law, policy, or similar authority.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, and racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations. The Act has established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
That Civil Rights Act has laid the basis for prohibiting of sexual harassment. The harassment is defined as any unwanted activity of a sexual nature that affects an individual's employment and creates a hostile work environment.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employment discrimination based on age with respect to employees 40 years of age or older.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses the needs of people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.
Any employer needs to have a valid reason to exclude some groups from employment. For instance, if a movie maker needs a middle-age Asian-looking woman for a cast because of the movie scenario, the position requirements may include the age, race, and gender. If the scenario don't validate such requirements, they wouldn't be legal.

Key terms

Protected group, Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


Do you feel like you belong to some protected group? --Yes/No/Let's move on for now

Who Whistleblower Is is the successor lectio.


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