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Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Every person, including employees and applicants for employment, has a right to an equal opportunity in employment. Employees and applicants for employment are protected against discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. These rights are protected by the various civil rights laws that prohibit employment discrimination.

TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, or national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against employees or individuals who file complaints or who assist others in protecting their rights under this law.

AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or job applicants who are 40 years of age or older. It also prohibits retaliation against employees who file complaints under this act.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public service, public accommodations, and telecommunications. An individual with a disability is defined as someone who: (a) Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities -- such as walking, speaking, breathing, learning, performing manual tasks, or working; (b) Has a record of having such an impairment; or (3) Is regarded as having such an impairment. The ADA does not protect current users of illegal drugs and persons with certain defined psychological or behavioral disorders.

EQUAL PAY ACT

The Equal Pay Act forbids employers from paying different wages to men and women who are performing equal work. As a general rule, the work of two employees is considered equal when both jobs require equal skill, effort and responsibility, and are performed under similar working conditions. Employers cannot reduce the wages of an employee in order to comply with the act nor can employers retaliate against an employee for seeking relief under the act. The act also applies to labor unions and they are prohibited from accepting or negotiating pay differentials based on sex.

FLORIDA CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1992

The Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, handicap or marital status. This law also prohibits retaliation against employees or individuals who file complaints or assist others in protecting their rights under the act.

PALM BEACH COUNTY EQUAL EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE

The Palm Beach County Equal Employment Opportunity Ordinance (Ordinance 95-31) prohibits employers, employment agencies and labor organizations from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age, or disability. The ordinance also prohibits retaliation against persons who assert their rights under the law.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against under Palm Beach County's Equal Employment Opportunity Ordinance or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, you should call, write, or visit the Office of Equal Opportunity at the address shown on this brochure.

Under Palm Beach County's Equal Employment Opportunity Ordinance, complaints must be sworn, in writing, and received by the Office of Equal Opportunity within 180 days of the date of the most recent alleged discrimination.

[Note: There are longer filing periods for complaints filed with either the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (300 days) or with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (365 days).]

For information, assistance

or to file a complaint, contact:

Palm Beach County

Office of Equal Opportunity

Suite 130

215 North Olive Avenue

West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Phone: (561) 355-4883

Fax: (561) 355-4932

Upon request, the information contained in this brochure will be made available in an alternative format.

Employment

Discrimination

Laws

Palm Beach County

Office of

Equal Opportunity

Robert Weisman

County Administrator

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