The South Carolina Human Affairs Law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, or age (at least 40 years of age) (SC Code Sec. 1-13-10 et seq.). The Law applies to public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees. Labor organizations and employment agencies are also covered by the Law; elected officials and political appointees are not.
Under the Law, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Make hiring, termination, or promotion decisions or discriminate in compensation, terms, or conditions of employment because of any of the protected characteristics.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in a way that tends to deprive an individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affects employee status.
• Reduce an employee's pay in order to comply with the provisions of the Law relating to age discrimination.
• Discriminate in admission to apprenticeship or other training programs because of an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.
• Print or publish a notice or advertisement relating to employment, apprenticeship, or other training, indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age, unless religion, sex, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for employment.
• Resist or interfere with the Human Affairs Commission in the lawful performance of its duty.