The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, religion, national origin, gender, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. The Act covers all public and private employers with nine or more employees (AR Stat. Sec. 16-123-107 et seq.). However, there is no affirmative action provision that covers private employers.
Public employers. Every state agency must have an AAP to increase the percentage of minority employees in the workforce approximately equivalent to the percentage of minorities in the state's population (AR Stat. Sec. 21-3-101). A separate law requires all state-supported colleges and universities to develop AAPs for the recruitment of blacks and other minorities for faculty and staff positions and to prepare annual reports on progress made under the program (AR Stat. Sec. 6-63-103).