The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Essay

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Introduction
No matter what type of business you are in, you have probably have witnessed discrimination in the workplace. The dictionary defines discrimination as the “treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.” Though we all think we can identify discrimination when we see it, in some cases, it can be tough to sort through the complexities of the issue and know the correct action to take. For example, it may be unclear that giving special treatment to a minority group could actually be unintentional discriminating against a majority group. When this happens is it called reverse discrimination. Reverse discrimination is a term used to when a majority group is discriminated against on the basis of a protected characteristic, such as race or gender. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed to giving fair opportunities to historically underprivileged minority groups. However, ironically, by attempting to reverse the effects of discrimination, the law is itself an example of reverse discrimination. This paper examines the Civil Rights Act of 1964 law and attempts to determine if the racial component of the law is still necessary today.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces many Federal laws that prohibit workplace…

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