|Principal Writer:||Barry Shatzman|
|Understanding The Issue|
|Legislative & Executive Acts|
|What You Can Do|
Reported NewsDiscrimination: Gender
Related BillsEquality Act
2019 (HR-5)Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
2013 (S-815)Defense of Marriage Act
1996 (HR-3396)Religious Freedom Restoration Act
1993 (HR-1308)Civil Rights Act of 1968
1968 (HR-2516)Civil Rights Act of 1964
Related Court Cases(2015) Obergefell v. Hodges
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Federal laws protect only some from discrimination
Discrimination can can affect all aspects of a person's life, including housing, job opportunities, social opportunities, and even protection from violence.
In government attempts to address and prevent discrimination, it is important to differentiate between what a person is and the things a person does. While we have control over the things we do, we have no control over aspects that make us up, for example...
Some laws prohibit discrimination against certain protected classes.
The 1964 Civil Rights Act, for example, prohibits forms of discrimination based on skin color, religion, sex, or national origin - because it lists these as protected classes. The same law does not prohibit discrimination based on anything else, such as sexual preferences or gender identity. In this issue we address discrimination concerns, whether they involve a protected class or not.