Race discrimination and Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866
There are several gaps in the protective umbrella of Title VII. One of these areas involves the special case of independent contractors . Independent contractors, when correctly categorized as such, are not full employees and therefore not offered the same protections. An employer still can find herself in hot water, however, when her employees harass or discriminate against an independent contractor they work alongside. Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 protects minorities’ rights to enter contracts and by extension binds both parties to the contract to perform their end of the bargain without discrimination or harassment .