Montana Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Montana Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Montana does not have affirmative action requirements that apply to private employers. However, private employers are subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of the Montana Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or age (MT Code Sec. 49-2-303). The Act does not require the institution of quota systems (MT Code Sec. 49-3-104).
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Montana law provides for affirmative action programs in the public sector and also permits state employers to give preference to veterans under the Veterans' Public Employment Preference Act (MT Code Sec. 39-29-101). Persons with disabilities and their eligible spouses are provided a preference in state employment in the Persons with Disabilities Employment Preference Act (MT Code Sec. 39-30-101).
The state has also adopted Nondiscrimination-EEO Rules that prohibit discrimination and require state employers to provide equal employment opportunities. In addition to the groups protected under the state's Human Rights Act, the Rules prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or political beliefs (MT Admin. Rules Sec. 2.21.4002).
For census data that will help employers prepare affirmative action plans, contact:
Montana Department of Commerce
Census and Economic Information Center
301 South Park Avenue
P.O. Box 200505
Helena, MT 59620-0505
406-841-2740

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