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Employment Law


Discrimination Based on Race, Color, and National Origin

Learn how Title VII defines and protects against discrimination based on race, color, and national origin.


Workplace discrimination can take many forms; some of them are obvious and some aren’t. As an introduction to Title VII, let’s consider how issues of race, color, and national origin might arise.

A nurse worked at a hospital, which adopted a no-beard policy for all male employees. In announcing the policy, the hospital administration explained that clean-shaven employees would project a more professional image than employees with beards. The hospital offered no medical or safety reason for the...