The term describes groups of people who are protected from discrimination and harassment through federal or state regulations. The following characteristics are considered ‘Protected Classes’: age, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic information or pregnancy. In some jurisdictions, gender identity is a protected class.
- Definitions of each type of protected class (Wikipedia).
- Protected class discrimination (legal video).
- Protected classes and discrimination in the workplace (writer expresses opinion, but includes good workplace applications) (open.salon).