The following is the text of Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 (Pub. L. 88-352) (Title VII), as amended, as it
appears in volume 42 of the United States Code, beginning at section
2000e. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race,
color, religion, sex and national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1991
(Pub. L. 102-166) (CRA) and
the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-2) amend several
sections of Title VII. In addition, section 102 of the CRA
(which is printed elsewhere in this publication) amends the Revised
Statutes by adding a new section following section 1977 (42 U.S.C.
1981), to provide for the recovery of compensatory and punitive damages
in cases of intentional violations of Title VII, the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, and section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973. Cross references to Title VII as enacted appear in italics
following each section heading. Editor's notes also appear in italics.
To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction
upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive
relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the
attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in
public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on
Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs,
to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be
cited as the “Civil Rights Act of 1964”.
May 15th, 2015
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