South Dakota Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

South Dakota Affirmative Action: What you need to know

The state of South Dakota has no affirmative action requirements for private employers. Affirmative action laws require an 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. There is additional information on this subject.
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The South Dakota Human Relations Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability, or national origin (SD Cod. Laws Sec. 20-13-1et seq.). There is no specific affirmative action provision covering private employers.
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The South Dakota Department of Labor Division of Human Rights enforces the Human Relations Act. The Division is authorized to initiate, receive, and investigate discrimination complaints; issue subpoenas; hold hearings; issue administrative decisions and orders; and enforce its orders in state court. A person alleging discrimination may ...

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