A protected class is any individual or group of individuals who are safe from discrimination or prejudice under federal law. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the concept was first applied to racial minorities and since has been expanded under other federal mandates. Some states also have legislation to determine protected classes that may be in addition to federal law. The intent is to offer protection for traditionally oppressed groups and can include but is not limited to factors such as race, gender, age, religion, veterans, familial status, pregnancy, disability, and citizenship or nation of origin. As civil rights are redefined, more classes may be designated by the government for anti-discrimination protection. See also “protected group.”
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