Just this week, the whole country commemorated the invaluable contribution of Martin Luther King Jr. to the country. Being a champion of equal civil rights, King was instrumental in the realization of this concept. King spent many years of his life preaching and calling for the equal treatment of people whoever they may be. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and that includes the workplace. The great work that King has put in his fight for equality was not in vain though as it sparked the drafting and implementation of a landmark law that protects the right of every American.
MLK and the Civil Rights Act
The Congress of the United States, because of the pressure from human rights advocates, which included King, has created a law that will ensure the protection of every citizen of the country from discrimination. Through the hard work of these lawmakers, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was drafted, passed as a law, and enacted. According to this law, any form of discrimination against a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, as well as the segregation of people based on race were outlawed.
The Birth of the Civil Rights Act
President and Democrat, John F. Kennedy, called a meeting with Republican leaders and discussed a legislation that will help stop discrimination against people. A bill was then drafted and on February 10, 1964, the Congress put the same law into a vote, where it passed with the vote of 290-130 before being transmitted to the Senate. Though it went through the scrutiny of the many Senators, the law has passed the Senate (73-27) and was passed through the House-Senate conference committee on June 10, 1964. After a series of deliberation, both houses of Congress adapted the Senate version of the bill. President Lyndon Johnson signed this bill into law on July 2, 1964 and was enacted the same day.
The Civil Rights Act Today
Since the law’s implementation 50 years ago, it has gotten through various amendments to become more effective in protecting the civil rights of every American. Title VII for one has been able to protect and defend the rights of employees in the workplace. Over the years, thousands have been held liable for acts of discrimination in the workplace.
Continuing Martin Luther King Jr.s Fight in the Labor Sector
In spite of the many labor and employment laws many violations and attacks against a person’s race, color, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, and more continue. As an employee, you can do your share in helping prevent workplace discrimination. You can familiarize yourself with the many employment and labor laws in California to keep yourself from getting abused. You can file claims to many agencies like the US Department of Labor, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and other agencies to seek justice for what has happened to you.
You can ask the help of a knowledgeable employment lawyer in California to help you with the claim you are filing. This way you could get compensation for the pain and suffering that such acts of discrimination have caused you. Through this, labor and employment law violations can be avoided, a proof that the one of the many ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. lives on protecting every American no matter who they are.