Does Title Vii Protect Independent Contractors

Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. However, a common question that arises within the realm of employment law is whether Title VII protects independent contractors.

The short answer is no – Title VII does not protect independent contractors. This is because Title VII’s protections only apply to employees, not independent contractors. An independent contractor is someone who is in business for themselves and is not an employee of the company they work for.

Title VII’s protections only apply to employees because the law is designed to prohibit discrimination in the traditional employer-employee relationship. Independent contractors are not employees, so Title VII’s protections do not apply to them.

However, it’s important to note that independent contractors are protected against discrimination through other federal laws. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of employment, including independent contractors. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) also applies to independent contractors who are over the age of 40.

Additionally, some state and local laws may offer protections to independent contractors against discrimination. If you’re an independent contractor, it’s important to understand your rights and protections under these laws.

In conclusion, Title VII does not protect independent contractors from discrimination. However, independent contractors are still protected against discrimination under other federal laws and some state and local laws. If you’re an independent contractor and you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, it’s important to consult with an experienced employment law attorney to understand your options for recourse.