The Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 prohibits employers that employ nine or more workers in each of 20 or more weeks from discriminating in employment because of race, religion, national origin, gender, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. This law guarantees the right to obtain and hold employment without such discrimination. Therefore, a job advertisement expressing preference or limitation as to one of these factors would be discriminatory unless the employer shows that its actions were based on legitimate, nondiscriminatory factors (AR Stat. Sec. 16-123-107).
The Act contains no provisions on age discrimination. However, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to private employers with 20 or more employees. Arkansas employers that are covered by the ADEA are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of age (40 years old or older).
Separate laws prohibit age and disability discrimination in public employment.