A variety of laws are in place to protect the rights of people you hire or are considering hiring. While employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) is a smart investment for many companies, it’s also crucial to understand and carefully follow these laws:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin and sex. It also prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual harassment.
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits employers from paying different wages to men and women who perform essentially the same work under similar working conditions.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1966, which prohibits discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin or citizenship of persons who are authorized to work in the United States.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.
- The Bankruptcy Code, which prohibits discrimination against anyone who has declared bankruptcy.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination against minorities based on poor credit ratings.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals who are age 40 or older.
Also under the federal anti-harassment laws contained in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there is no individual liability. That means the harasser in work situations can’t be sued under the federal anti-harassment laws — it is the employer that bears the risk.
To learn more about employment law or employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), contact our insurance specialists at 845-986-1177.