The Alaska Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age if the reasonable requirements of the job do not require age-related distinctions (AK Stat. Sec. 18.80.010 et seq.). The law does not contain any age limitation and applies to all employers in the state, except social clubs and fraternal, charitable, educational, or religious associations or corporations, as long as the corporation or association is not-for-profit. Under the state law, it is unlawful to:
• Refuse employment, terminate employment, or discriminate against a person in compensation or in the terms or conditions of employment because of age.
• Discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against a person because the person has opposed any practices forbidden under the state law or because the person has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in a proceeding under the law.
• Print or publish a statement, inquiry, or advertisement for employment that directly expresses a limitation, specification, or discrimination as to age, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Aid, abet, incite, compel, or coerce the doing of discriminatory acts.
• Discriminate or retaliate against any person who has lawfully opposed discrimination or has assisted in any proceeding under the state law.
Employers subject to either state or federal age discrimination laws should conscientiously avoid any reference to age, either direct or indirect, in all dealings with employees or prospective employees. In advertisements for employment, employers should avoid stating requests for “young” or “youthful” applicants. On application forms, employers should eliminate references to age-related dates such as high school ...