Under the Alaska Human Rights Law, employers may not make inquiries of, or impose qualifications on, prospective employees because of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood, unless the characteristic is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). The Law applies to all employers in the state (AK Stat. Sec. 18.80.010 et seq.).
BFOQ exception. An employer is permitted to discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic if it is a BFOQ for the job in question. A BFOQ exception applies only in very limited situations (e.g., hiring only females to model women's clothing), and employers should be very cautious when using any qualification that has a discriminatory effect. There is additional information.
"Reasonable demands" exception. Employers are permitted to make employment decisions based on a protected characteristic when the reasonable demands of the job in question require the distinction. The exception applies only to decisions based on age, sex, disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood. The exception does not apply to decisions based on race, religion, color, or national origin.