Alaska Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Affirmative action laws require an employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons, but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. This section is limited to a discussion of affirmative action requirements. There is additional information about affirmative action requirements.
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The Alaska Human Rights Lawprohibits discrimination in employment based on a person's race, religion, color, or national origin, or because of the person's age, physical or mental disability, sex, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood when the reasonable demands of the position do not require distinction based on age, physical or mental disability, sex, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood (AK Stat. Sec. 18.80.220et seq.). The Law applies to all employers in the state. There is no specific affirmative action provision covering private employers. Federal and state civil rights laws are discussed in further detail.
Private employers are not subject to any mandate to engage in affirmative action or to implement affirmative action plans. However, private employers may want to consider voluntarily adopting affirmative action plans to avoid potential violations of the Human Rights Law. There is additional information about writing an affirmative action. plan.
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