Arizona Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Affirmative action laws require the 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.
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The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees. It has no specific provision that requires private employers to make affirmative action plans (AAPs) (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41-1463et seq.).
State agencies. The Governor's Office of Equal Opportunity promotes diversity in state employment, state boards and commissions, and state purchasing. There are no formal affirmative action requirements.
The Department of Economic Security collects data that will help employers prepare their AAPs. For further information, contact:
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Division of Employee Services and Support
Research Administration
P.O. Box 6123-SC733A
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3202
Reviewed April 2015.

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