Civil Rights

This is FindLaw's collection of Civil Rights articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center. A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly, the right to vote, freedom from involuntary servitude, and the right to equality in public places. Corporations have been gaining more civil rights in the courts throughout the years. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Civil Rights Articles

  • Illinois Passes New Equal Pay Act and Expands Statutory Coverage

    On May 11, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the Equal Pay Act of 2003. The Illinois Act mirrors the federal Equal Pay Act in that it prohibits employers from paying an employee of one sex less than an employee of the opposite sex for ...

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  • Industry Proposal for Video Rating

    In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress provided the broadcast industry a one-year window of opportunity to develop a voluntary rating system for video programs. The industry responded by preparing a joint proposal, which was backed by the ...

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  • Disability Discrimination Laws Will Soon Apply to Small Employers

    Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in effect for employers with 25 or more employees since July 26, 1992, smaller employers will soon be covered. The ADA contains a two-tiered effective date designed to allow smaller ...

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  • Employee Preferences Irrelevant to ADA Accommodation

    A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently held, in Mathew v. Cardone Industries, Inc. that reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") is determined by objective factors regardless of the personal preferences ...

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  • Labor & Employment Update: April 1998

    In this issue: For Purposes Of Strict Liability Under The FEHAA California court of appeal has provided a broad definition of who is a "supervisor" in a case for sexual harassment brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. In Lai v ...

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  • Violence in the Workplace: Why Employers are caught In the Middle

    Two day care workers and three of their charges are shot at a Los Angeles commu-nity center. Students and a teacher are killed at a Littleton, Colo., high school. Workers at a Georgia investment firm are gunned down by a disgruntled day trader. A ...

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  • Title VI and Education

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination ...

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  • Employment Law Alert: 1999

    On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court issued four decisions that significantly impact the scope and application of federal anti-discrimination laws. Three of the decisions focus on what is considered a "disability" under the Americans ...

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  • Marking Up to Market

    On April 29, 1999, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo held a press conference describing a new plan for preserving Section 8 properties. Effectively immediately, HUD is authorizing its field offices to negotiate with owners of projects with project-based ...

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  • Supreme Court Narrows The Reach Of Disabilities Act

    Since it was enacted in 1990, the federal courts have attempted to decide who is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). This judicial analysis, emerging case-by-case and without any clear consensus, has been necessary because the ...

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