The New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination prohibits employers from making inquiries of prospective employees that state or imply any limitation or discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, religious creed, or national origin, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 354-A:1 et seq.). The Law applies to all public employers and private employers with six or more employees.
Employers should also avoid inquiring about any claims or complaints an applicant has filed. Many laws, including fair employment laws and workers' compensation laws prohibit employers from discriminating against a prospective employee because of previously filed or pending claims. Under the New Hampshire Asbestos Management and Control Law, an employer is prohibited from discriminating against any applicant or employee who has complained about a violation of this statute in a covered worksite (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 141-E:19). Employers are also prohibited from discriminating against mothers who breastfeed (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 132:10-d).