Protected Classes

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an important act that forbids an employer to discriminate on the basis of a person's disability. An employer cannot refuse a person who is disabled as long as he can do the required tasks. An employer is not made to adjust the standards of work performance to suit a person's disability. The employer is not allowed to ask previous employers about a person's disability, only questions about job performance. Employers can only ask question that relate to the position, not any questions relating to his health or claims. The employer should present the job description clearly, which is not particularly required.

Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are acts that protects against discrimination. "Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance" (Kettner, 2002). These acts protect people from being discriminated against in the workforce.

An employee is protected by his because it helps people from being hired or fired due to discrimination. The acts also protect against discrimination by stopping the employer from classifying their employees in any way.

"Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 created the concept of affirmative action" (Kettner, 2002). An employer who have 50 or more employees including a federal contract yearly has to have plans and goals showing how much they planned on increasing the number of women and minorities in the business. Discrimination is also prohibited based on age or handicaps.

The Equal pay Act of 1963 was amended in 1972, which made wage discrimination between male and female, illegal where the phrase "equal pay for equal work" came into being. Equal work means being able to do the same thing as another person with the same skills. I believe this...