Equal Opportunity Laws Title Vii Essay

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Equal Opportunity Laws Title VII The first aspect of Human Resource that will be addressed is equal opportunity and the laws that go along with it. There were several equal opportunity laws enacted from 1964 to 1991. 2 The first of these was Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which states that “an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national original with respect to employment” (Dessler, 2013). 3 Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government. 4 Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. According to Society for Human Resource Management, it states that, possible criminal practices include soliciting applications only from sources in which all or most potential workers are of the same race or color; requiring applicants to have a certain educational background that is not important for job performance or business needs; 5 and testing applicants for knowledge, skills or abilities that are not important for job performance or business needs (Society for Human Resource Management, 1969).This Act also prohibits offensive conduct, such as racial or ethnic slurs, racial "jokes," 6 derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct based on an individual 's
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