Utah National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Utah National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Utah Antidiscrimination Act prohibits discrimination in employment against any otherwise qualified person because of national origin (UT Code Sec. 34A-5-101et seq.). The Act applies to all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees. “National origin” means the place of birth or residence of an individual or of an individual's ancestors.
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Definition of “otherwise qualified.” Individuals are considered otherwise qualified if they have the education, training, ability, moral character, integrity, disposition to work, willingness to adhere to reasonable rules and regulations, and other qualifications for the particular job.
Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Refuse to hire, promote, or discharge, demote, or terminate any person because of national origin.
• Retaliate against, harass, or discriminate in matters of compensation or in terms, privileges, and conditions of employment because of national origin.
• Print, circulate any statement, advertisement, or publication, or to use any form of application for employment that expresses any limitation as to national origin, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to national origin, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce the doing of a discriminatory act, or to obstruct or prevent any person from complying with the Act.
• Attempt, directly or indirectly, to commit an unlawful discriminatory act.
• Deny or withhold any qualified person from admission or participation in any apprenticeship training program, on-the-job-training program, or other ...

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