New Hampshire Affirmative Action: What you need to know

There is no state law mandating affirmative action for private employers. Affirmative action laws require the employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. There are more details.
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The New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination prohibits discrimination in employment based on age, sex, sexual orientation, genetics, race, religious creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, or national origin (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 354-A:1 et seq.). The Law applies to all public employers and private employers with six or more employees.
The New Hampshire Apprenticeship Program requires apprenticeship programs to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship, including the adoption of a written affirmative action plan (AAP). If a program sponsor has fewer than five apprentices, an AAP is not required, but a sponsor must submit evidence that it is in compliance with an equal employment opportunity program providing for the selection of apprentices and for affirmative action in apprenticeship, including goals and timetables for women and minorities (NH Admin. Code App. 402.01).
The New Hampshire Employment Security Division collects data that will help employers prepare their AAPs. For more information, contact:
Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
32 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

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