Nevada Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Nevada Discrimination: What you need to know

The Nevada Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or national origin, or refusal to permit a service animal at the place of employment (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 613.310et seq.). The Act also prohibits employment discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 613.335).
Protective hairstyles. Effective June 2, 2021, the term “race” includes traits associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles. The term “protective hairstyle” includes natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks, and twists. Notwithstanding the protections for hair texture and protective hairstyles, an employer may enforce health and safety requirements mandated under federal and state law.
Gender identity. "Gender identity or expression" is defined as the gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth.
The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees. The United States, Indian tribes, and private clubs are excluded from the definition of employers. Educational institutions owned or controlled by a religious organization are permitted to hire employees of a particular religion.
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Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Fail or refuse to hire or to discharge a person based on a protected characteristic.
• Limit, segregate, or classify an employee based on a protected characteristic in a way that deprives or tends to deprive the employee of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affects employment status.
• Discriminate against any person based ...

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