The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, or disability (AR Stat. Sec. 16-123-105 et seq.). The Act covers employers with nine or more employees. Separate laws prohibit age and disability discrimination in public employment. In addition, employers may not refuse to hire someone who has been prescribed medical marijuana. Additional information is available.
Age discrimination: public employers. Arkansas law prohibits public employers from discriminating based on age (40 years and older), unless age constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ)—i.e., an age limitation or qualification is necessary in order to perform the job in question (AR Code Sec. 21-3-201 et seq.).