Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A shorthand reference to the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which declares African Americans to be citizens entitled to a series of rights previously reserved to white men. Among the rights conferred by Section 1981 are the right to sue or be sued in court, to give evidence in a lawsuit, to purchase property, and to make and enforce contracts, which courts have interpreted to prohibit racial discrimination in employment.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:24 pm