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South Carolina Racial Discrimination: What you need to know

The South Carolina Human Affairs Law prohibits all public employers and private employers of 15 or more persons from discriminating in employment because of race or color (SC Code Sec. 1-13-10 et seq.). Under the state law, it is an unlawful employment practice to:
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• Refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to an individual's compensation or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race or color.
• Limit, segregate, or classify applicants or employees on the basis of race or color in a way that would tend to deprive them of employment opportunities or adversely affect their employment status.
• Reduce the wages of any employee in order to comply with the law.
• Discriminate against applicants or employees in an apprenticeship or training program on the basis of race or color.
• Retaliate against any individual who has made a complaint or assisted in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the state law.
• Publish an advertisement for employment indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race or color.
State law provides a BFOQ exception for employment decisions based on religion, sex, national origin, or age, but it does not provide a BFOQ exception based on race or color (SC Code Sec. 1-13-80(G)).
Verbal or physical conduct may be discriminatory if it is directed toward an employee based on his or her race or color, and it has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment. An employer has an affirmative duty to maintain a working environment free of unlawful harassment.
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