The Nevada Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on religion (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 613.310 et seq.). The law applies to private employers with 15 or more employees, the state, and its political subdivisions, but does not apply to religious organizations. Under the law, it is unlawful to:
• Fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any person, or to discriminate against any person with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of religion
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive any person of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect status as an employee, because of religion
• Discriminate against any person because of religion in admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training
• Print or publish any advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ)
• Discriminate against any individual because he or she has opposed an unlawful employment practice or has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act
Bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). It is permissible to hire an individual on the basis of religion because of a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the business (e.g., hiring a Jewish rabbi to oversee the preparation of kosher foods). Such situations are rare, however, and employers should be cautious in relying on this rationale when making employment decisions that have a disproportionate effect on persons of a ...