Employment Law

Title VII

Does Title VII protect individuals of all races?

Yes, it does. The U.S. Supreme Court made this clear in McDonald v. Santa Fe Transportation Co. (1976) when it ruled that Title VII protected Caucasian employees in addition to African-American employees. While Title VII was passed during the Civil Rights Movement in large part because of rampant discrimination against African-Americans, the language applies to any employee based on race. The McDonald v. Santa Fe case involved three employees who were caught stealing company property. The employer retained an African-American employee but discharged the two Caucasian employees involved with the incident. The Court reversed the lower courts and reinstated the two employees’ discrimination claims under Title VII.


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