Connecticut Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Connecticut Discrimination: What you need to know

The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, status as a veteran, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability, or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-51 et seq. and Sec. 46a-81c). The Act covers all employers with three or more employees. Employers are also prohibited from taking any form of reprisal against employees who file discrimination complaints.
Effective March 4, 2021, the term “race” includes ethnic traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles. “Protective hairstyles” include wigs; headwraps; and hairstyles such as braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros, and afro puffs.
"Gender identity or expression" is defined as a person's gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior, regardless of whether it is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth.
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Unpaid interns. All employers, regardless of size, are prohibited from discriminating against unpaid interns based on the same protected characteristics that apply to employees.
Genetic testing. Employers are also prohibited from requesting genetic information or discharging or otherwise discriminating against employees or applicants based on information about genes, gene products, or inherited characteristics that may be derived from an individual or family member (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60(a)(11)).
Family violence victims. Employers are prohibited from ...

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