Indiana Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Indiana Civil Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran. The Law covers all public employers and private employers with six or more employees, including employment agencies and labor unions (IN Stat. Sec. 22-9-1-2 et seq.).
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Like the federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Law prohibits employers from making any decision regarding hiring, discharge, advancement, compensation, or any other condition of employment on the basis of one of the protected characteristics. Job-related retaliation against employees who file discrimination complaints or participate in the investigation or hearing of discrimination claims is also prohibited. In addition, public works contractors are required to include clauses in their subcontracts prohibiting subcontractors from engaging in discrimination.
The Indiana Age Discrimination Act prohibits employment discrimination against individuals between the ages of 40 and 75. The Act covers employers with one or more employees, but it does not apply to employers that are subject to the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) (IN Stat. Sec. 22-9-2-1 et seq.).
The equal pay provisions of the Indiana Minimum Wage Law of 1965 require that men and women be paid equally for work of equal skill, effort, and responsibility. There are exceptions made for differences in pay that are based on seniority, merit, production, or any factor other than sex (IN Stat. Sec. 22-2-2-4).
The Indiana Employment Discrimination Against Disabled Persons Law prohibits discrimination ...

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