In the United States, there are forty years of basic employment laws on the books, preventing public and private employers from refusing to hire applicants based on several criteria. Those who violate these laws are subject to prosecution, fines, and more. However, when the federal government breaks its own laws, the situation is even more serious.
Refusing to hire someone based on something as petty as race, gender, or age is counter to the values America holds dear, and the government has a special obligation to operate by these values. If you believe you have been passed over for a job opportunity based on discrimination, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the federal government.
Understanding the Laws
Since the 1960s, there have been several laws placed on the books meant to protect applicants from being discriminated against for a number of reasons. Some of the laws and what they protect include: