Equal Protection Clause

Objectives: Explain the various classifications under the Equal Protection Clause concerning discrimination.

The Equal Protection Clause is part of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which prevents states from denying any person equal protection. The Federal Government has a similar mandate, but this is part of the Fifth Amendment Due Process. This paper addresses the Equal Protection Clause and considers its current application by the court.

When it comes to government discrimination against an individual, there are various levels of tests to justify whether the discriminatory action was permissible. The burden of proof rests on the government and is based on the classification of the individual involved. For example, a minority would be in a higher category of protected status due to his or her race. The government would have a higher burden to justify their action as opposed to if the action was against a woman or someone over 65 years of age.

paper on the various classifications (and scrutiny levels) under the Equal Protection Clause as it concerns discrimination.
To achieve maximum points for content and analysis, the following elements need to be thoroughly addressed.
Define the equal protection clause.
Show how courts apply the equal protection clause as it pertains to discrimination.
Find and discuss at least two examples.
Citations to the dictionary, if used, should be provided on top of the required three sources. The Bible, if used, does not have to be listed in the References page, but does have to be cited in-text.