Click on the links below to learn more about current civil rights legislation.

Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI

Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII

Educational Amendments of 1972, Title IX

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 & Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 with 2008 Amendments

Age Discrimination

Civil Rights Act of 1991

Executive Order 13166 - Access for Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

University Policy on Discrimination and Harassment      

 

 
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funding. In other words, our programs are open to all. Complying with Title VI requires the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service develop and maintain a data base that identifies eligible populations and monitors the extent to whom programs and services are delivered. Various court rulings have held that merely certifying that a nondiscriminatory policy is in effect is insufficient. Positive, affirmative steps must be taken to assure participation by minorities and women.

 
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment due to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Equal opportunity must be an integral part of personnel policy and practice including employment selection, training, advancement and treatment. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.


Educational Amendments of 1972, Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against students and employees in federally assisted education programs or activities.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973
& Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 with 2008 Amendments
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The intention of both acts is to extend employment, services, and programs to citizens with disabilities. This includes not only providing physical access for individuals with disabilities but also providing accommodations which would allow for full participation. For Extension programs, this could include providing a sign language interpreter, materials in Braille, or an audio tape of written materials.


Age Discrimination
A number of federal laws address age discrimination. These include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1967; and section 501 of the Rehabilatation Act of 1973, as amended. Collectively, these acts protect employees or program participants who are age 40 or older from age-based discrimination.
 

This act allows women, religious minorities and the disabled to seek monetary damages in cases of intentional discrimination. It also made provisions for attorney fees and trial by jury.
 

Executive Order 13166 - Access for Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency
Under Title VI and federal agency regulations implementing Title VI, recipients of federal financial assistance have a responsibility to make reasonable steps to provide Limited English Proficiency (LRP) individuals with meaningful access to their programs and activities. Established in 2000, Executive Order 13166 clarified the need of Federally assisted programs to provide services to LEP audiences.