The Alaska Human Rights Law
prohibits employers from making inquiries of prospective employees that state or imply any limitation or discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood (Alaska Rev. Stat. § 18.80.200 et seq.). Inquiries about these factors are permissible, however, if based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). The law applies to all employers in the state. More information is available at the Alaska employment discrimination section
Salary history. Employers in Alaska should be cautious about salary history inquiries. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that under the federal Equal Pay Act (EPA), an employee's prior rate of pay was not a "factor other than sex" that allowed the employer to pay her less than male employees who performed the same work, and only job-related factors can serve as affirmative defenses to EPA claims (Rizo v. Yovino, 950 F.3d 1217 (9th Cir. 2020)).