Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and its related statutes and regulations, protects employees from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, political opinion or affiliation, status with regard to marriage or public assistance, or participation in lawful activity off NDDOT's premises during non-working hours that is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of NDDOT. This protection covers all phases of employment. Title VII applies to employees and relates to employment issues only.