Civil Rights Category

Keep Your Hiring Practices Legal


A number of laws have been passed over the years regarding Civil Rights Law. These laws have had varying impacts on people, though for many business owners, the component of the Civil Rights Law that affects them the most is the equal opportunity in employment. Equal opportunity in employment extends to all areas of business whether you are a certified electrician or a white collar worker. It is one of the more common bodies of law for employers to be sued on in regards to the hiring process. In some cases, genuine discrimination may have taken place while in others, it may simply be that the applicant feels disgruntled because he did not get the job. By understanding the basics, you will be able to better protect yourself. To fully protect yourself, you may want to consider having a law firm or an attorney on retainer so that you can consult with them as issues arise.

The Basics of Prohibited Discrimination

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commis...

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Claudette Colvin: An Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement


Months before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin challenged the unfair treatment of Blacks

If you've never heard the name Claudette Colvin, you're not alone. Colvin is just one of the many unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, although her actions are just as important as those with recognizable names. Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on December 1, 1955 and suffered arrest as a consequence -- and so, too, did Colvin, nine months *before* Rosa Parks became a household name.

Colvin's arrest occurred on March 2, 1955, when she firmly refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on one of Montgomery's segregated buses – and she was just 15 years old at the time.

Unlike Rosa Parks' famous refusal, Colvin's actions did not start a citywide bus boycott, and she remains unknown to most. The teenager was, however, a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Youth Council, and became Rosa Parks protégé. Of Parks, she sa...

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