The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers against discrimination and workplace harassment on the basis of race, gender, religion, or national origin. Employees who have been subject to harassment or discrimination on that basis can seek compensation and other remedies under the Civil Rights Act.
However, there are limits to a person’s ability to recover for this type of harm. Most of the cases that we read and write about on this blog involve an employee being harassed or otherwise discriminated against by a direct supervisor or through a systematic process that results in discrimination. There are many other situations in which a person could be subject to harassment or discrimination, and the current application of the Civil Rights Act does not necessarily cover them all.