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Arizona AIDS and Disease: What you need to know

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability or against any individual based on the results of a genetic test received by the employer (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41-1463). The Act also prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual on the basis of the person's relationship or association with an individual with a disability. The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
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Under state law, the term "disability" is defined as:
• A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual;
• A record of such a physical or mental impairment; or
• Being regarded as having such a physical or mental impairment.
State law expressly excludes from coverage any impairment caused by an individual's current use of illegal drugs.
Both state law and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to employers with 15 or more employees, including state agencies, local governments, and labor organizations.
Like the ADA, the Arizona Act prohibits employers from basing a decision regarding recruitment, hiring, discharge, promotion, advancement, or the other terms and conditions of employment on the knowledge or perception that a person who is otherwise qualified to perform the job has a disability. The Act mandates that employers offer reasonable accommodations to allow qualified individuals with disabilities to work, as long as offering the necessary accommodation does not present an undue hardship to the employer. The Act also prohibits the use of advertisements that restrict the access of applicants with disabilities to the application ...

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