Arizona Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Discrimination: What you need to know

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age (40 years or older), disability, national origin, or genetic test results (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41-1463).
The Act applies to public and private employers with 15 or more employees. It does not apply to a religious corporation, association, society, or educational institution that employs individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on of religious activities.
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Under the Act it is unlawful, based on any of the protected characteristics, to:
• Refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or to discriminate against any individual with respect to his or her compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in any way that would deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the individual's status as an employee.
• Discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because he or she has opposed any practice that is unlawful or has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, specification, or discrimination based on protected characteristics, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for employment.
• Discriminate against any employee or applicant in the admission to any apprenticeship or training program.
Other laws require employers to pay equal wages for equal work, regardless of sex, and require informed consent and confidentiality in connection ...

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