Nebraska Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Nebraska 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. There is additional information about affirmative action.
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The Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or national origin (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1104). The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination in employment against persons who are at least 40 but less than 70 years of age (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1004). The Act applies to employers with 20 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, including the state of Nebraska, governmental agencies, and political subdivisions, regardless of the number of employees (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1002).
Another statute prohibits employer discrimination based on genetic test results (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-236). There are no specific affirmative action provisions covering private employers; the Fair Employment Practice Act does not require an employer to grant preferential treatment to any individual or group even when an imbalance exists in the workforce (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1113).
State agencies are required to develop AAPs ...

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