42 U.S.C. § 1981 : US Code - Section 1981: Equal rights under the law

    (a) Statement of equal rights
      All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall
    have the same right in every State and Territory to make and
    enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the
    full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security
    of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall
    be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses,
    and exactions of every kind, and to no other.
    (b) "Make and enforce contracts" defined
      For purposes of this section, the term "make and enforce
    contracts" includes the making, performance, modification, and
    termination of contracts, and the enjoyment of all benefits,
    privileges, terms, and conditions of the contractual relationship.
    (c) Protection against impairment
      The rights protected by this section are protected against
    impairment by nongovernmental discrimination and impairment under
    color of State law.