Idaho Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Idaho Affirmative Action: What you need to know

The State of Idaho has no affirmative action requirements for private employers. The Idaho Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability (ID Code Sec. 67-5901et seq.). The law applies to all public employers and private employers with five or more employees. Through an executive order issued by Idaho's governor, the state established affirmative action requirements for state employers that includes an employment preference for veterans and disabled persons (ID Exec. Order 2004-05). There is additional information about federal requirements.
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The Idaho Department of Labor receives Census Bureau data for the state and offers that information to the public. The department also provides special services not offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, such as marketing research, online data, guides to local data sources, maps displaying data, state profiles using Census data, and reference libraries. The data is available on the Department’s labor market information website at
The Idaho Human Rights Commission handles discrimination complaints under federal law deferred to them by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and complaints made under state law. The state Commission has the authority to initiate, receive, and investigate discrimination complaints; issue subpoenas; hold hearings; issue administrative decisions and orders; and enforce its orders in state court. Under certain circumstances, a person alleging discrimination may also file a private lawsuit in state court. Remedies can include cease and desist orders; hiring, reinstatement, and ...

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