A Timeline of American Employee Rights

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Civil Rights Sweeps Employment

The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s resulted in several new laws about how people of all races must be treated—especially in the workplace. In 1964, Congress passed the landmark bill, Title VII, which “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.” In 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed to prohibit discrimination of workers age 40 or older.