Tag: Supreme Court

United States Civil Rights Act of 1964

Congress passed the most significant legislation affecting equal rights in 1964. The Civil Rights Act made it illegal to discriminate against a person because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. This law essentially gave minorities equal access to education, employment, and other opportunities. In addition, the Civil Rights Act made [...]

September 29, 2011 More
Birth Control

Birth Control

Contraception is defined as the use of medications, devices, surgery, or sexual timing or practices to voluntarily avoid unintended pregnancy and to space childbirth. Birth control, family planning, fertility control, pregnancy prevention, and planned parenthood are other terms used for contraception. A general medical or gynecological health exam for girls and women of reproductive age [...]

August 1, 2011 More
Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

Signed in July 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides the disabled with protections similar to those already covering discrimination on the basis of sex, national origin, race, religion, and veteran status. An individual is protected under the ADA if his/her ability to perform one or more major life activities (such as hearing, sight, [...]

July 28, 2011 More

Affirmative Action

Even with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the fight for equality and against discriminatory practice has continued. Although the Act is the nation’s strongest civil rights law, minority groups still lack basic equal opportunities. Affirmative action is a proactive policy used to provide equal opportunities for groups such as women, blacks, [...]

July 28, 2011 More