The Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race or color (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 495 et seq.). The Act applies to all public employers and private employers. Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual because of the individual's race or color.
• Discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the individual's race or color.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race or color, unless race or color is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for employment.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive an individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect status as an employee because of the individual's race or color.
• Discriminate against an individual because of race or color in admission to or employment in any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training.
• Discriminate in any manner against any individual because he or she has opposed any practice forbidden by the Act or because he or she has made a charge, testified, or assisted, in any manner, in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce any conduct made unlawful by the Act or obstruct or prevent any person from complying with the provisions of the Act.
• Attempt, directly or indirectly, to commit any conduct declared unlawful by the Act.
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