A member of a group that is marginalized in some way and not okay to joke about. Basically you can't make jokes (or employment decisions) based on any of the following variables: race, color, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, veteran status, employment status, pregnancy, citizenship, having a family, having disabilities, and last but not least; DNA content.

So pretty much everybody is protected in some way.
Person 1: Get a job you lazy fuck.
Person 2: You can't say that. Unemployed persons are a protected class.
Person 1: How else am I supposed to tell you that you are a neanderthal?

Person 2: Did you really just make a comment about my DNA status? That's also a protected class. Go look up protected classes.
Person 1: looks it up that literally means that everybody in the world is a protected class in some way.
Person 2: I know. Isn't it great? Everybody is special!
by rememberBP April 27, 2017