Vermont Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Vermont 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 their numbers in the geographic area. 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. For more information about affirmative action, see the national Affirmative Action section.
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The Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, place of birth, disability, or sexual orientation (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 495). The Act covers all employers, regardless of size (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 494). It has no specific provision that requires employers to take affirmative action.
State policy is that all state agencies must identify and work to remove obstacles to employment based on age, sex, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability or condition, race, creed, color, national origin, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status (VT Stat. Tit. 3 App. Ch. 3, Ex. Ord. 3-44).
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