National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Equal Opportunity

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Women At Work 40 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

While women have made gains in the last four decades, serious barriers to full equality in the workplace remain. Title VII has been one of the main tools for tackling these barriers, helping to root out and eliminate illegal practices – but it has not been enough.

2010 Statistics: Record High Employment Discrimination Claims 2011

Statistics released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination—raise serious concerns about the persistence of on-the-job discrimination in the current economic climate.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: 25 Years Later

October 31st, 2003 marked the 25th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).1 Enacted in 1978, the PDA amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that the prohibition against sex discrimination in employment includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.

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