Equal Opportunity Laws

Age Discrimination Act

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

California Education Code 66270

California Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA)

Civil Rights Acts

Equal Pay Act

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Rehabilitation Act

US Executive Order 11246

Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)

 

Age Discrimination Act

The Age Discrimination Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of any age in education and is enforced by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education.

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Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers age 40 and over from discrimination in employment based on their age.

For more information, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

Title II of the ADA also protects students with disabilities from discrimination in educational programs.

The Accessible Education Center (AEC) is our on-campus resource for accommodations and services to the Student disabled community.

The Employment Accommodations Resource Center (EARC) is our on-campus resource for accommodations and services to the employee disabled community.

For more information, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Americans with Disability Act.

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California Education Code 66270

California Education Code Section 66270 prohibits discrimination in higher education based upon sex, ethnic group identification, race, national origin, religion, color or mental or physical disability, or any basis that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 422.6 of the Penal Code.

For more information, visit Education code section 66270-66271.1.

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California Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA)

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is California's comprehensive law prohibiting discrimination in employment.

FEHA provides protection from harassment or discrimination in employment because of age (40 and over), ancestry, color, creed, denial of Family and Medical Care Leave, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, marital status, medical status, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religion, sex (including gender identity) and sexual orientation.

For more information on the protections provided by FEHA, visit the Department of Fair Employment and Housing website's comprehensive list of publications.

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Civil Rights Acts of 1964 & 1991

Civil Rights Act of 1964

This is the landmark federal legislation that prohibits discrimination in employment and education. It covers race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment. Titles IV and VI protect students at institutions of higher education from discrimination based on race, color and national origin. Title IX prohibits discrimination in higher education on the basis of sex.

For more information, visit Federal Equal Opportunity (EEO) Laws.

Civil Rights Act of 1991

This strengthened and improved the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and provided damages in case of intentional discrimination and harassment. Title II prohibits discrimination against women filling management and decision-making positions, developmental activities and compensation.

For more information, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Civil Rights Act of 1991.

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Equal Pay Act

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires employers to pay women and men equal wages for substantially equal work.

For more information, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Equal Pay Act.

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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

To prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.

For more information on GINA, visit Genetic Information.

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Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects qualified individuals from being excluded from, denied the benefits of, or discriminated against because of their disability by any program or activity that receives funding or grants from the federal government.

Section 504 regulations differ between federal agencies, but they all include reasonable accommodation, program accessibility and effective communication.

Section 508 provides for individuals with disabilities to have access to electronic and information technology provided by the federal government. To be accessible, an information technology system must be able to be operated in a variety of ways.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education.

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US Executive Order 11246

U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from hiring discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

It also requires government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment.

For more information, visit US Department of Labor - Executive Order 11246.

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Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)

The Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of veteran's status.

In addition, certain federal contractors must provide for the affirmative employment of veterans.

For more information, visit the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)

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