Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or color. Employers may not deny equal employment opportunities to any individual or make decisions affecting a term, condition, or privilege of employment because of an individual's race or the color of their skin.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides that no person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of educational programs and activities on the basis of race or color.
Race discrimination involves treating an applicant, employee, faculty member, or student less favorably because they are of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion.
Race/color discrimination also can involve treating someone unfavorably because the person is married to or associated with a person of a certain race or color or because of a person's connection with a race-based organization or group, or an organization or group that is generally associated with people of a certain color. Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are of the same race or color.
If you believe you have been subjected to race/color discrimination or have witnessed race/color discrimination, please contact the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to file a report online.
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