6 numbers that define Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 created major employment nondiscrimination protections and established the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ahead of the law’s upcoming 60th anniversary, we’ve gathered six important numbers defining Title VII’s history and substance — and the work it continues to enable today. 

By the numbers

 

534

The hours spent in Congress debating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to EEOC.

 

73

The number of Senate votes in favor of the bill, with 27 votes against it. The bill was signed into law 13 days later, on July 2, 1964.

 

15

The number of workers an employer must have for Title VII to apply.

 

3

The number of laws directly amending Title VII. Those amendments include the EEO Act of 1972, which gives the EEOC more authority and increases its jurisdiction; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, which added pregnancy as a protected status under sex in Title VII; and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which made procedural changes to Title VII that overruled several Supreme Court decisions made in the 1980s limiting its scope.

 

58,325

Title VII charge resolutions made by EEOC in FY 2023.

 

$327 million

The amount of monetary benefits obtained by EEOC in Title VII charge resolutions for claimants in FY 2023, though this number does not include any money obtained through litigation, the EEOC says.