What are "Protected Classes"?

Civil Rights

This infographic explains a civil rights legal term you might have heard.

Protected Classes

You might have heard of a "protected class" in reference to a law or policy. In short, a protected class is a group of people that a law or policy was designed to benefit.

This infographic

This infographic, which we publish on MLK Day 2018, defines the protected classes of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Keep in mind that, like legal definitions generally, additional terms are important. This example shows that each protected class is defined in terms of a context.

See our MLK Day 2018 Tribute Post: 6 Supreme Court Cases This Term That MLK Would Have Cared About.