Nevada National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Nevada National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Nevada Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of national origin (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 613.310 et seq.). The law applies to any person who has 15 or more employees. National origin generally refers to an individual's or ancestor's place of birth. Under the law, it is unlawful to:
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• Fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any person, or to discriminate against any person with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of national origin.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive any person of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect status as an employee, because of national origin.
• Discriminate against any person because of national origin in admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training.
• Print or publish any advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on national origin, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Discriminate against any individual because he or she has opposed an unlawful employment practice, or has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
BFOQ. It is permissible to hire an individual on the basis of national origin because of a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the business (e.g., hiring actors to portray individuals of a certain national origin). Such situations are rare, however, and employers should be cautious in relying on this rationale when making employment decisions that have a disproportionate effect on persons of ...

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