The Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on age (40 years of age or older), sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, or disability. The Act applies to all public employers and private employers with two or more employees (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-101 et seq.).
Public employers. Effective July 1, 2017, all public departments in the state government are required to give veterans or their surviving spouses a “preference prior to the interview process” (WY Stat. Sec. 19-13-102). A “public department” is defined as the state of Wyoming, its branches, agencies, municipalities, counties, school districts, political subdivisions, special districts, community college districts, and the University of Wyoming.
Private employers. A private employer may, but is not required to, grant a preference to a veteran in hiring and promotion (WY Stat. Sec. 19-14-111). A preference may also be granted to the spouse of a disabled veteran or to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.
Last reviewed November 2017.