Under the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act, it is the public policy of the state to protect and safeguard the right of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. The Act applies to all employers with 15 or more employees, including labor unions and employment agencies. Separate laws prohibit employment discrimination based on genetic information, sickle-cell or hemoglobin C trait, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and disability (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 143-422.1). The North Carolina Discrimination in Public Employment Law prohibits public employers from discriminating in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-16).