The state of West Virginia has no specific affirmative action provisions covering private employers. The West Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, blindness, or disability (WV Code Sec. 5-11-1et seq.). The law applies to all public employers and private employers with 12 or more employees within the state for 20 or more calendar weeks within the calendar year in which the discrimination took place or the preceding calendar year. There is additional information about affirmative action.