Kansas Age Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Kansas Age Discrimination: What you need to know

The Kansas Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination in employment against persons 40 years of age or older (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1111et seq.). The Act applies to all public employers and private employers with four or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
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• Limit or deprive any person of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the person's status as an employee or applicant for employment because of age.
• Refuse to hire or employ a person, or to otherwise discriminate against a person in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
• Limit, segregate, separate, classify, or make any distinction in regard to employees because of age without a valid business motive.
• Reduce the wage rate of any employee in order to comply with the Act.
• Print or circulate any statement, advertisement, or publication, or use any form of application for employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to age.
• Make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to age.
• Discharge or otherwise discriminate against any person because the person has opposed any practices forbidden under the Act or has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under the Act.
• Discriminate, segregate, or separate because of age in admission, hiring, assignments, upgrading, transfers, promotion, layoff, dismissal, apprenticeship, or other training or retraining program without a valid business motive.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce any conduct forbidden under the Act, or to attempt to do so.
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