What are "Protected Classes"?
This infographic explains a civil rights legal term you might have heard.
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, 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.