Workplace discrimination is prohibited by law, but that doesn't mean it's gone, by any means.

While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided protections in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability and "even 'genetic information,'" according to the Huffington Post, that doesn't mean that the way is free and clear for any jobseeker—or that all employers are in the clear when it comes to relying solely on what they think they know about the laws protecting employees against discrimination.

Cities and municipalities have sometimes passed their own legislation when explicit federal updates to employment discrimination bans have not stepped in to provide more specific protections—for LGBTQ employees, as an example.

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