Definitions for "Protected class"
Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, religion ancestry, national origin, sex, including marital status, age, disability, veteran status or genetic testing and screening information. University policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
A legal term describing certain groups, such as women, older and disabled individuals, Vietnam-era veterans and minorities.
Groups of people protected from discrimination under government regulations and laws. The specific groups are defined as women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders or American Indians/Alaskan Natives, people over 40, the disabled as defined under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans as defined under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act.