Alabama Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Alabama Civil Rights: What you need to know

Alabama does not have a comprehensive fair employment law addressing civil rights issues in private employment. However, employers with 15 or more employees may be subject to federal civil rights requirements. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and other key federal civil rights statutes apply to employers that have the requisite number of employees or business operations affecting interstate commerce.
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Federal fair employment laws prohibit employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, and disability. The laws also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who file discrimination complaints. Additional information is available.
Employers are prohibited from attempting to coerce, intimidating, threatening to discharge, or reducing the wages of an employee to influence his or her vote in any election (AL Code Sec. 17-17-44). A violation of the law is a misdemeanor.
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual because of age in admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training (AL Code Sec. 25-1-25).
State law prohibits state and local governments, public schools, and any employer supported in whole or in part by public funds from discriminating in their employment practices on the basis of physical disability (AL Code Sec. 21-7-8). Public employers are also prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, or disability (AL Admin. Code Sec. 670-X-4-.01).
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