Does Title VII apply to all employees?

No, Title VII applies to those employers in the public and private sectors who employ 15 or more full time employees in 20 or more calendar weeks during the year or previous year. This means that an employer who has only 10 full time employees is not subject to Title VII. Fortunately, many workers who are not covered by Title VII may be protected by a state anti discrimination law. For example, the Tennessee Human Rights Act prohibits employers who employ eight or more full time employees from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, religion, and other protected characteristics. Employees should consult with an attorney well-versed in both federal and state employment to determine what the best legal option available.