The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on religion (AR Code Sec. 16-123-101 et seq.). The Act applies to employers with nine or more employees. Under the Act, religion is defined to include all aspects of religious belief, observance, and practice. In addition to prohibiting discrimination, the Act expressly prohibits employers from:
• Retaliation against an individual who has opposed an unlawful act, or who has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing
• Intimidation, threats, or interference with an individual's exercise of rights granted under the Act, or with an individual who aided or encouraged another person to exercise granted or protected rights
Exception. The Act does not apply to employment by a religious corporation, association, society or other religious entity.