Title VII Paper

Essay by mzarbolCollege, UndergraduateA, July 2009

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Over 40 years ago the 1964 Civil Rights Act was ratified to eradicate deeply ingrained patterns of employment discrimination against persons because of their race, religion, sex, or national origin (Workplace Fairness, 2009). Although some of the worst employment discrimination was eliminated by the 1964 Civil Rights Act there has been strong resistance to enforcement of existing laws, and there has been politicized resistance to remedial affirmative action (Workplace Fairness, 2009). Constant review of Title VII is an imperative battle corporate America must continue to reflect American ideals of fairness and equal opportunity. In this paper Team B will discuss the history of Title VII, the impact of Title VII in the work environment and who is and who is not covered under Title VII. Additionally, Team B will propose policies that companies should have in place to avoid Title VII violations.

During the early sixties civil rights was a hot topic in the United States.

The Title VII portion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 began during the John F. Kennedy administration. On June 12, 1963, President Kennedy requested legislation which would provide every American with the right to be served in businesses which were accessible to the public (Answers.com, 2009). These businesses would consist of hotels, eateries, theaters, shops, and similar businesses. President Kennedy also asked for protection of voting rights. In addition, President Kennedy's Civil Rights Bill included stipulations which would outlaw discrimination in community housing. The Civil Rights Bill would also allow the United States Attorney General to participate in court cases against state governments which managed segregated educational systems (Answers.com, 2009). The bill, however, did not contain several stipulations considered necessary by civil rights leaders such as safety from police brutality, stopping bias in private employment, or awarding the Justice Department authority to begin...