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Major Federal Laws/Regulations on Employment Discrimination

Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and discrimination. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. Equal employment and educational opportunities are provided without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or genetic information. Duke University also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

The laws are listed in the order in which they were enacted.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) was enacted as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, proscribes sex-based wage discrimination in employment.

Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in any program or activity and against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, and national origin. The 1978 amendment established pregnancy as a basis of sex discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1991 was enacted to provide for jury trials in Title VII cases and to expand the remedies available to plaintiffs under the civil rights laws by providing for compensatory and punitive damages, with statutory caps, under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act.

Executive Order 11246 issued in 1965 prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of race, color, national origin, or religion. Subsequent Executive Orders added handicap and age (1969), and sexual orientation (1998) to the definition of discrimination.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age against applicants and employees who are forty years of age and older.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities and extends coverage to employment and admission to institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects people from discrimination in admission, employment, treatment or access based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) requires taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment specified categories of veterans protected by the Act and prohibits discrimination against such veterans. VEVRAA requires employment openings be listed with the appropriate employment service delivery system, and that covered veterans receive priority in referral to such openings.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of national origin and citizenship.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was enacted for the purpose of eliminating discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. ADA Amendment Act of 2008 expands the definition of disability to include: Major life activities; impairments; and major bodily functions.

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), entitles eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health condition.

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) ensures that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other uniformed services are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service, are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty, and are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits discrimination by employers and insurers on the basis of genetic information about potentially inheritable diseases and health conditions.