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Protected Class Laws and Regulations: Defining Protected Classes


There are so many different laws that provide protection, everyone is a member of at least one protected class.

In the United States, certain personal characteristics are afforded special protections under the law at both the federal and state levels. These are referred to as protected class laws. Although most frequently used within the employment law context, protected class laws and regulations are relevant to several areas outside of the employer-employee relationship. This white paper defines protected classes and reviews how the law’s definition of some protected classes differs from commonsense definitions.



C. Crystal Enekwa

C. Crystal Enekwa

Fisher & Phillips LLP

  • Attorney in the office of Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • Practice involves advising and representing clients in various areas of labor and employment law, including Title VII discrimination, employment discrimination and harassment, and retaliation and wrongful termination, in federal and state court and before federal agencies
  • Several years of experience working within the federal district and appellate judicial system
  • Experience conducting seminars, trainings, and workshops on employment discrimination laws
  • Member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the Tennessee Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, and American Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Can be contacted at 404-240-4243 or [email protected]

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