Employment discrimination law in the United States

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Employment discrimination law in the United States derives from the common law, and is codified in numerous state and federal laws, particularly the Civil Rights Act 1964, as well as in the ordinances of counties and municipalities. These laws prohibit discrimination based on certain characteristics or protected categories. The United States Constitution also prohibits discrimination by federal and state governments against their public employees. Discrimination in the private sector is not directly constrained by the Constitution, but has become subject to a growing body of federal and state law. Federal law prohibits discrimination in a number of areas, including recruiting, hiring, job evaluations, promotion policies, training, compensation and disciplinary action. State laws often extend protection to additional categories or employers.

Under Federal law, employers generally cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of:

Constitutional basis[edit]

The United States Constitution does not directly address employment discrimination, but its prohibitions on discrimination by the federal government have been held to protect federal government employees.

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution limit the power of the federal and state governments to discriminate. The Fifth Amendment has an explicit requirement that the federal government not deprive individuals of "life, liberty, or property", without due process of the law. It also contains an implicit guarantee that the Fourteenth Amendment explicitly prohibits states from violating an individual's rights of due process and equal protection. In the employment context, these Constitutional provisions would limit the right of the state and federal governments to discriminate in their employment practices by treating employees, former employees, or job applicants unequally because of membership in a group (such as a race or sex). Due process protection requires that government employees have a fair procedural process before they are terminated if the termination is related to a "liberty" (such as the right to free speech) or property interest. As both Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses are passive, the clause that empowers Congress to pass anti-discrimination bills (so they are not unconstitutional under Tenth Amendment) is Section 5 of Fourteenth Amendment.

Employment discrimination or harassment in the private sector is not unconstitutional, because Federal and most State Constitutions do not expressly give their respective government the power to enact civil rights laws that apply to the private sector. The Federal government's authority to regulate a private business, including civil rights laws, stems from their power to regulate all commerce between the States. Some State Constitutions do expressly afford some protection from public and private employment discrimination, such as Article I of the California Constitution. However, most State Constitutions only address discriminatory treatment by the government, including a public employer.

Absent of a provision in a State Constitution, State civil rights laws that regulate the private sector are generally Constitutional under the "police powers" doctrine or the power of a State to enact laws designed to protect public health, safety and morals. All States must adhere to the Federal Civil Rights laws, but States may enact civil rights laws that offer additional employment protection.

For example, some State civil rights laws offer protection from employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or political affiliation, even though such forms of discrimination are not yet covered in federal civil rights laws.

Federal laws[edit]

Federal law governing employment discrimination has developed over time.

The Equal Pay Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1963. The Equal Pay Act prohibits employers and unions from paying different wages based on sex. It does not prohibit other discriminatory practices in hiring. It provides that where workers perform equal work in jobs requiring "equal skill, effort, and responsibility and performed under similar working conditions," they should be provided equal pay.[2] The Fair Labor Standards Act applies to employers engaged in some aspect of interstate commerce, or all of an employer's workers if the enterprise is engaged as a whole in a significant amount of interstate commerce.[citation needed]

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in many more aspects of the employment relationship. It applies to most employers engaged in interstate commerce with more than 15 employees, labor organizations, and employment agencies. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based upon protected characteristics regarding terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. Employment agencies may not discriminate when hiring or referring applicants, and labor organizations are also prohibited from basing membership or union classifications on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.[1] The Pregnancy Discrimination Act amended Title VII in 1978, specifying that unlawful sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.[3] A related statute, the Family and Medical Leave Act, sets requirements governing leave for pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions.[11]

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), enacted in 1968 and amended in 1978 and 1986, prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of age. The prohibited practices are nearly identical to those outlined in Title VII, except that the ADEA protects workers in firms with 20 or more workers rather than 15 or more. An employee is protected from discrimination based on age if he or she is over 40. Since 1978, the ADEA has phased out and prohibited mandatory retirement, except for high-powered decision-making positions (that also provide large pensions). The ADEA contains explicit guidelines for benefit, pension and retirement plans.[6]

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability by the federal government, federal contractors with contracts of more than $10,000, and programs receiving federal financial assistance.[12] It requires affirmative action as well as non-discrimination.[12] Section 504 requires reasonable accommodation, and Section 508 requires that electronic and information technology be accessible to disabled employees.[12]

The Black Lung Benefits Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination by mine operators against miners who suffer from "black lung disease" (pneumoconiosis).[13]

The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of bankruptcy or bad debts.[8]

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prohibits employers with more than three employees from discriminating against anyone (except an unauthorized immigrant) on the basis of national origin or citizenship status.[14]

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was enacted to eliminate discriminatory barriers against qualified individuals with disabilities, individuals with a record of a disability, or individuals who are regarded as having a disability. It prohibits discrimination based on real or perceived physical or mental disabilities. It also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who need them because of a disability to apply for a job, perform the essential functions of a job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment, unless the employer can show that undue hardship will result. There are strict limitations on when an employer can ask disability-related questions or require medical examinations, and all medical information must be treated as confidential. A disability is defined under the ADA as a mental or physical health condition that "substantially limits one or more major life activities."[4]

The Nineteenth Century Civil Rights Acts, amended in 1993, ensure all persons equal rights under the law and outline the damages available to complainants in actions brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.[15][16]

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 bars employers from using individuals' genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decisions.[9]

The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.[17] 28 US states still as of July 2015, do not explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity in discrimination statutes.

LGBT employment discrimination[edit]

The regulation of LGBT employment discrimination in the United States varies by jurisdiction. Many states and localities prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as harassment on the basis of one's sexual orientation. Fewer extend those protections to cover sexual identity.[18] Some cover government employees but do not extend their protections to the private sector. Protections at the national level are limited. There is no federal statute addressing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

In March 2014, 195 lawmakers, 148 House members, and 47 Senators, all Democrats, signed an appeal to President Obama, encouraging him to enact protections for LGBT workers in an executive order.[19][20] The Washington Blade noted that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has had strong bipartisan support, and even Democratic leadership has signed on.[21]

According to Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely: "Studies show that anywhere from 15 percent to 43 percent of gay people have experienced some form of discrimination and harassment at the workplace. Moreover, a staggering 90 percent of transgender workers report some form of harassment or mistreatment on the job." Many people in the LGBT community have lost their job, including Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who claims that her boss told her that her presence may make other people feel uncomfortable.[22]

Almost half of the United States has laws banning the discrimination of S.G.A., Heterogender, and Transgender people in both public and private workplaces. A few more states ban LGBT discrimination in only public workplaces.[23] Some opponents of these laws believe that it would intrude on religious liberty, even though these laws are focused more on discriminatory actions, not beliefs. Courts have also identified that these laws do not infringe free speech or religious liberty.[24]

State law[edit]

State statutes also provide extensive protection from employment discrimination. Some laws extend similar protection as provided by the federal acts to employers who are not covered by those statutes. Other statutes provide protection to groups not covered by the federal acts. Some state laws provide greater protection to employees of the state or of state contractors.

The following table lists protected categories not included in federal law. Age is included as well, since federal law only covers workers over 40.

State or territory Sexual orientation Gender identity Marital status Medical condition Political affiliation Military discharge status Age Familial status Public assistance status Use of lawful product
Alabama Alabama No[25] No[25] Yes (40+)[26]
Alaska Alaska No[27] No[27] Yes[28] Yes (unknown age range)[28] Yes (parenthood)[28]
Arizona Arizona No[29] No[29]
Arkansas Arkansas No[30] No[30]
California California Yes[31] Yes (gender identity or expression)[32] Yes[31] Yes[31] Yes (40+)[31]
Colorado Colorado Yes[33] Yes (included under sexual orientation)[32] Yes (unknown age range)[34] Yes (any lawful activity)[34]
Connecticut Connecticut Yes[35] Yes (gender identity or expression)[35] Yes[36] Yes (unknown age range)[36]
Delaware Delaware Yes[37] Yes[37] Yes[38] Yes (40+)[38]
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Yes[39] Yes (gender identity or expression)[32] Yes (including domestic partnership)[40] Yes[40] Yes (18+)[40][41] "family responsibilities", parenthood under "marital status"[40]
Florida Florida No[42]  ? (in some cases under disability)[42] Yes[43] Yes (unknown age range)[43]
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia No[44] No[44] Yes (40-70)[45]
Hawaii Hawaii Yes[46] Yes[47] Yes[46] Yes (unknown age range)[46]
Idaho Idaho No[48] No[48] Yes (40+)[49]
Illinois Illinois Yes[50] Yes (included under sexual orientation)[50] Yes[51] Yes ("unfavorable discharge from military service")[51] Yes (40+)[51]
Indiana Indiana No[52] No[52] Yes (40-75)[53] use of tobacco[54]
Iowa Iowa Yes[55] Yes[55] Yes (18+ or legal adult)[56]
Kansas Kansas No[57] No[57] Yes (18+)[58]
Kentucky Kentucky No[59] No[59] Yes (40+)[60] (smoker/nonsmoker)[60]
Louisiana Louisiana No[61] No[61] "sickle cell trait"[62] Yes (40+)[63][64]
Maine Maine Yes[65] Yes (included under sexual orientation)[65] Yes (unknown age range)[66]
Maryland Maryland Yes[67] Yes[67] Yes[68] Yes (unknown age range)[68]
Massachusetts Massachusetts Yes[69] Yes (gender identity)[69] Yes (>40)[70][71]
Michigan Michigan No[72] No[72] Yes[73] Yes[73]
Minnesota Minnesota Yes[74] Yes (included under sexual orientation)[32] Yes[75] Yes (over age of majority)[75] Yes[75]
Mississippi Mississippi No[76] No[76]
Missouri Missouri No[77] No[77] Yes (40-70)[78]
Montana Montana No[74] No[74] Yes[79] Yes[79]
Nebraska Nebraska No[80] No[80] Yes[81] Yes (40+)[81]
Nevada Nevada Yes[82] Yes[82] Yes (40+)[83] Yes[83]
New Hampshire New Hampshire Yes[84] No[84] Yes[85] Yes (which ages?)[85]
New Jersey New Jersey Yes (affectional or sexual orientation)[86] Yes (gender identify or expression)[32] Yes (and civil union status, and domestic partnership status)[86] "atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait"[86] Yes (18-70)[86] Yes[86]
New Mexico New Mexico Yes[87] Yes[32] Yes ("spousal affiliation")[88] "serious medical condition"[88] Yes (unknown age range)[88]
New York New York Yes[89]  ? (in some cases under sex)[90] Yes[89] "political activities"[91] Yes (18+)[89] Yes[91]
North Carolina North Carolina No[92] No[92] (sickle cell or hemoglobin C trait)[93] Yes[94]
North Dakota North Dakota No[95] No[95] Yes[96] Yes (40+)[96] Yes[96] Yes ("lawful activity")[96]
Ohio Ohio No[97] No[97] Yes (40+)[98]
Oklahoma Oklahoma No[99] No[99] Yes (40+)[100]
Oregon Oregon Yes[101] Yes[32] Yes[102] Yes (18+)[102] use of tobacco[102]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania No[103] No[103] Yes (40+)[104]
Rhode Island Rhode Island Yes[105] Yes (gender identity or expression)[32] Yes (40+)[106]
South Carolina South Carolina No[107] No[107] Yes (40+)[108]
South Dakota South Dakota No[109] No[109]
Tennessee Tennessee No[110] No[110] Yes (40+)[111]
Texas Texas No[112] No[112] Yes (40+)[113]
Utah Utah Yes[114] Yes[114] Yes (40+)[115]
Vermont Vermont Yes[116] Yes[32] Yes (18+)[117]
Virginia Virginia No[118] No[118] Yes (40+)[119]
Washington (state) Washington Yes[120] Yes (included under sexual orientation)[32] Yes[121] Hepatitis C[122][123] Yes (40+)[121][124]
West Virginia West Virginia No[125] No[125] Yes (40+)[126]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Yes[127] No[127] Yes[128] Yes[129] Yes (40+)[130] Yes[131]
Wyoming Wyoming No[132] No[132] Yes (40+)[133]
Guam Guam Yes (40+)[134][135]
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Yes (employment only)[136] Yes (employment only)[136] Yes (political affiliation or ideology)[137] Yes (legal working age+)[137][138]
United States Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands Yes (unknown age range)[139]
State or territory Sexual orientation Gender identity Marital status Medical condition Political affiliation Military discharge status Age Familial status Public assistance status Use of lawful product

In addition,

Government employees[edit]

Employees of federal and state governments have additional protections against employment discrimination.

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 prohibits discrimination in federal employment on the basis of conduct that does not affect job performance. The Office of Personnel Management has interpreted this as prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.[141] In June 2009, it was announced that the interpretation would be expanded to include gender identity.[142]

Exceptions[edit]

Bona fide occupational qualifications[edit]

Employers are generally allowed to consider characteristics that would otherwise be discriminatory if they are bona fide occupational qualifications (BFOQ). For example, a manufacturer of men's clothing may lawfully advertise for male models.

Religious Employment Discrimination[edit]

Religious discrimination is treating individuals differently in their employment because of their religion, their religious beliefs and practices, and/or their request for accommodation (a change in a workplace rule or policy) of their religious beliefs and practices. It also includes treating individuals differently in their employment because of their lack of religious belief or practice” (Workplace Fairness).[143] According to The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers are prohibited from refusing to hire an individual based on their religion- alike race, sex, age, and disability. If an employee believes that they have experienced religious discrimination, they should address this to the alleged offender. On the other hand, employees are protected by the law for reporting job discrimination and are able to file charges with the EEOC.[144] Some locations in the U.S. now have clauses that ban discrimination against atheists. The courts and laws of the United States give certain exemptions in these laws to businesses or institutions that are religious or religiously-affiliated, however, to varying degrees in different locations, depending on the setting and the context; some of these have been upheld and others reversed over time.

Military[edit]

The military has faced criticism for not allowing females in combat roles however has strives to push away from the past regulations for a more accepting military. Women are being given equal responsibility to men and have proven themselves however there are many cases where both people for and against in the military and the private sector have voiced there opinions.

[145]

[146] In the article posted on the pbs website Henry Louis Gates Jr. writes about how black men were treated in the military during the 1940s. According to Gates during that time the whites gave the African Americans a chance to actually prove themselves as Americans by having them participate in the war. So if they fought honorably they will be considered Americans. Although on the national geographic website they stated that when black soldiers joined the Navy the only thing they were able to do was work as servants. They allowed them to participate but did not allow the black soldiers jobs other than mess attendants, stewards, and cooks. Even when the African Americans wanted to defend the country they lived in they were still denied the power to do so. The Navy treated them as though they were just servants of the war.

Unintentional discrimination[edit]

Main article: Adverse impact

Employment practices that do not directly discriminate against a protected category may still be illegal if they produce a disparate impact on members of a protected group. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment practices that have a discriminatory impact, unless they are related to job performance.

The Act requires the elimination of artificial, arbitrary, and unnecessary barriers to employment that operate invidiously to discriminate on the basis of race, and, if, as here, an employment practice that operates to exclude Negroes cannot be shown to be related to job performance, it is prohibited, notwithstanding the employer's lack of discriminatory intent.[147]

Height and weight requirements have been identified by the EEOC as having a disparate impact on national origin minorities.[148]

However, when defending against a disparate impact claim that alleges age discrimination, an employer does not need to demonstrate necessity; rather, it must simply show that its practice is reasonable.[citation needed]

Enforcing entities[edit]

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) interprets and enforces the Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I and V of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.[149] The Commission was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[150] Its enforcement provisions are contained in section 2000e-5 of Title 42,[151] and its regulations and guidelines are contained in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 1614.[152] Persons wishing to file suit under Title VII and/or the ADA must exhaust their administrative remedies by filing an administrative complaint with the EEOC prior to filing their lawsuit in court.[153]

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by federal contractors and subcontractors.[154]

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, each agency has and enforces its own regulations that apply to its own programs and to any entities that receive financial assistance.[12]

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) enforces the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b, which prohibits discrimination based on citizenship status or national origin.[155]

State Fair Employment Practices (FEP) offices take the role of the EEOC in administering state statutes.[153]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  2. ^ a b The Equal Pay Act of 1963
  3. ^ a b Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  4. ^ a b AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, AS AMENDED
  5. ^ Questions and Answers: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Persons with HIV/AIDS
  6. ^ a b The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  7. ^ Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994
  8. ^ a b 11 U.S.C. § 525
  9. ^ a b "Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008" (PDF). gpo.gov. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  10. ^ 8 U.S.C. § 1324b
  11. ^ Family and Medical Leave Act
  12. ^ a b c d A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
  13. ^ 30 USC Sec. 938
  14. ^ Summary of Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
  15. ^ § 1981. Equal rights under the law
  16. ^ § 1981a. Damages in cases of intentional discrimination in employment
  17. ^ Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
  18. ^ Tilcsik, A. (2011). Pride and prejudice: Employment discrimination against openly gay men in the United States. American Journal of Sociology, 117, 586–626.
  19. ^ 195 LAWMAKERS, ALL DEMS, SIGN LETTER URGING OBAMA TO PROTECT LGBT WORKERS IN EXECUTIVE ORDER
  20. ^ LGBT Executive Order Letter 3/18/14
  21. ^ Nearly 200 lawmakers seek action from Obama for LGBT workers
  22. ^ Burns, Crosby; Krehely, Jeff. "Gay and Transgender People Face High Rates of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace". FindLaw. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Lowndes, Coleman; Maza, Carlos. "The Top Five Myths About LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws Debunked". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  25. ^ a b Alabama Non-Discrimination Law
  26. ^ Code of Alabama 25-1-21
  27. ^ a b Alaska Non-Discrimination Law
  28. ^ a b c AS 18.80.220. Unlawful Employment Practices; Exception.
  29. ^ a b Arizona Non-Discrimination Law
  30. ^ a b Arkansas Non-Discrimination Law
  31. ^ a b c d Fair Employment and Housing Act Description
  32. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Scope of Explicitly Transgender-Inclusive Discrimination Laws (PDF) 
  33. ^ Colorado Non-Discrimination Law
  34. ^ a b Colorado Civil Rights Division 2008 Statutes
  35. ^ a b Connecticut Non-Discrimination Law
  36. ^ a b Chapter 814c Sec. 46a-60
  37. ^ a b Delaware Non-Discrimination Law
  38. ^ a b Delaware Code Title 19 Chapter 7 Subchapter 2
  39. ^ D.C. Non-Discrimination Law
  40. ^ a b c d e District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977; Prohibited Acts of Discrimination
  41. ^ District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977; Table of Contents, General Provisions
  42. ^ a b Florida Non-Discrimination Law
  43. ^ a b Florida Statutes Chapter 760.10
  44. ^ a b Georgia Non-Discrimination Law
  45. ^ Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act
  46. ^ a b c Hawaii Rev Statutes 378-2
  47. ^ Hawaii Non-Discrimination Law
  48. ^ a b Idaho Non-Discrimination Law
  49. ^ Idaho Commission on Human Rights: Age Discrimination"
  50. ^ a b Illinois Non-Discrimination Law
  51. ^ a b c Illinois Human Rights Act
  52. ^ a b Indiana Non-Discrimination Law
  53. ^ Indiana Code 22-9-2
  54. ^ Indiana Code 22-5-4
  55. ^ a b Iowa Non-Discrimination Law
  56. ^ Iowa Code 216.6
  57. ^ a b Kansas Non-Discrimination Law
  58. ^ Kansas Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  59. ^ a b Kentucky Non-Discrimination Law
  60. ^ a b Kentucky Revised Statutes 344.040
  61. ^ a b Louisiana Non-Discrimination Law
  62. ^ Louisiana Revised Statutes 23:352
  63. ^ Louisiana Revised Statutes 23:312
  64. ^ Louisiana Revised Statutes 23:311
  65. ^ a b Maine Non-Discrimination Law
  66. ^ Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, Chapter 337
  67. ^ a b Maryland Non-Discrimination Law
  68. ^ a b Annotated Code of Maryland 49B.16
  69. ^ a b Maryland Non-Discrimination Law
  70. ^ M.G.L. 151B §4
  71. ^ M.G.L 151B §1
  72. ^ a b Michigan Non-Discrimination Law
  73. ^ a b c Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  74. ^ a b c Minnesota Non-Discrimination Law
  75. ^ a b c Minnesota Statutes, section 363A.08
  76. ^ a b Mississippi Non-Discrimination Law
  77. ^ a b Missouri Non-Discrimination Law
  78. ^ § 213.055 R.S.Mo.
  79. ^ a b Montana Code Annotated 49-2-303
  80. ^ a b Nebraska Non-Discrimination Law
  81. ^ a b Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act
  82. ^ a b Nevada Non-Discrimination Law
  83. ^ a b NRS 613:310-350
  84. ^ a b New Hampshire Non-Discrimination Law
  85. ^ a b New Hampshire RSA 354-A:7
  86. ^ a b c d e New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A. 10:5-12)
  87. ^ New Mexico Non-Discrimination Law
  88. ^ a b c New Mexico Code Section 28-1-7
  89. ^ a b c New York State Executive Law, Article 15, Section 296
  90. ^ New York Non-Discrimination Law
  91. ^ a b New York Labor Law Section 201-d - Discrimination Against The Engagement In Certain Activities
  92. ^ a b North Carolina Non-Discrimination Law
  93. ^ N.C. Gen. Stat. § 95‑28.1
  94. ^ N.C. Gen. Stat. § 95‑28.2
  95. ^ a b North Dakota Non-Discrimination Law
  96. ^ a b c d North Dakota Human Rights Act
  97. ^ a b Ohio Non-Discrimination Law
  98. ^ Ohio Code § 4112
  99. ^ a b Oklahoma Non-Discrimination Law
  100. ^ Oklahoma Human Rights Commission
  101. ^ Oregon Non-Discrimination Law
  102. ^ a b c Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 659A
  103. ^ a b Pennsylvania Non-Discrimination Law
  104. ^ Laws Administered by the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission
  105. ^ Rhode Island Non-Discrimination Law
  106. ^ Fair Employment Practices
  107. ^ a b South Carolina Non-Discrimination Law
  108. ^ South Carolina Human Affairs Law
  109. ^ a b South Dakota Non-Discrimination Law
  110. ^ a b Tennessee Non-Discrimination Law
  111. ^ Tennessee Human Rights Act
  112. ^ a b Texas Non-Discrimination Law
  113. ^ Texas Labor Code Chapter 21
  114. ^ a b "S.B. 296 Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments". Utah State Legislature. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  115. ^ Utah Code 34A-5-106
  116. ^ Vermont Non-Discrimination Law
  117. ^ a b Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act
  118. ^ a b Virginia Non-Discrimination Law
  119. ^ Virginia Human Rights Act
  120. ^ Washington Non-Discrimination Law
  121. ^ a b RCW 49.60.180 Unfair practices of employers.
  122. ^ RCW 49.60.172 Unfair practices with respect to HIV or hepatitis C infection.
  123. ^ RCW 49.60.174 Evaluation of claim of discrimination — Actual or perceived HIV or hepatitis C infection.
  124. ^ RCW 49.44.090 Unfair practices in employment because of age of employee or applicant — Exceptions.
  125. ^ a b West Virginia Non-Discrimination Law
  126. ^ West Virginia Human Rights Act
  127. ^ a b Wisconsin Non-Discrimination Law
  128. ^ Wis. Stats. Chapter 111.36
  129. ^ Wis. Stats. 111.355
  130. ^ Wis. Stats. 111.33
  131. ^ Wis. Stats. 111.35
  132. ^ a b Wyoming Non-Discrimination Law
  133. ^ Wyoming Code 27-9-105
  134. ^ 22 Guam Code Ann. Chapter 3
  135. ^ 22 Guam Code Ann. Chapter 5
  136. ^ a b [1]
  137. ^ a b Puerto Rico Laws 29-I-7-146
  138. ^ Puerto Rico Laws PR 29-I-7-151
  139. ^ Virgin Islands Code on Employment Discrimination § 451
  140. ^ EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION FOR PARTICIPATING IN EMERGENCY EVACUATION
  141. ^ Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination In Federal Civilian Employment: A Guide to Employee's Rights
  142. ^ New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers
  143. ^ http://www.workplacefairness.org/religion
  144. ^ http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/qanda_religion.html
  145. ^ http://www.army.mil/women/
  146. ^ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-was-black-americas-double-war/ http://www.militaryaerospace.com/blogs/mil-aero-blog/2012/12/conspicuous-gallantry-doris-miller-at-pearl-harbor-was-one-of-world-war-ii-s-first-heroes.html http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/ngbeyond/people/
  147. ^ GRIGGS v. DUKE POWER CO., 401 U.S. 424 (1971)
  148. ^ Shaping Employment Discrimination Law
  149. ^ Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws
  150. ^ Pre 1965: Events Leading to the Creation of EEOC
  151. ^ § 2000e–5. Enforcement provisions
  152. ^ PART 1614--FEDERAL SECTOR EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
  153. ^ a b Filing a Charge of Employment Discrimination
  154. ^ The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 503
  155. ^ An Overview of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

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