The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on disability (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-123-101 et seq.). “Disability” is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-123-102). Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who file discrimination complaints (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-123-108). The law applies to employers with nine or more employees.
Excluded from the definition of disability are:
• Compulsive gambling, kleptomania, or pyromania
• Current use of illegal drugs or psychoactive-substance-use disorders resulting from illegal use of drugs
Federal law compared. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a broader definition of "disability" than state law. The ADA's definition includes having a record of a disability and being regarded as having an impairment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees.