Title VII is actually a short name for a federal statute which is found at 42 USE section 2000 A and following sections. Broadly, it is a federal anti-discrimination law in New York. It forbids discrimination among other things employment on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion and color and etc. and people hear that phrase Title seven and it covers a multitude of things. It applies in the employment arena to employers with 15 or more employees, therefore if an employer has fewer than 15 or more employees that statute is not applicable. There is a similar statute in the state of New York, it’s the New York state human rights law and it’s found in the executive law and it prohibits similar forms of discrimination but it covers much smaller employers. It covers employers who have four or more employees and therefore it’s most applicable to small businesses and when we deal with small businesses this is often the statute that we sight.
This informational blog post was provided by Jane Gould, an experienced New York Employee Lawyer.