Connecticut Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Connecticut Diversity: 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, genetic information, status as a veteran (effective October 1, 2017), 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.
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Unpaid interns. All employers, regardless of size, are prohibited from discriminating against unpaid interns based on the protected characteristics that apply to employees.
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities’ mission is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement, including the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education. The Commission provides relevant reports, publications, legal updates, and posters. For more, go to
Last reviewed September 2017.

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Connecticut Diversity Resources

Type Title
Handouts Workplace Diversity (Handout)
PowerPoints Managing Non-English-Speaking Employees
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