The South Carolina Human Affairs Law prohibits all public employers and private employers of 15 or more persons from discriminating in employment because of race or color (SC Code Sec. 1-13-10 et seq.). Under the state law, it is an unlawful employment practice to:
• Refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to an individual's compensation or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race or color.
• Limit, segregate, or classify applicants or employees on the basis of race or color in a way that would tend to deprive them of employment opportunities or adversely affect their employment status.
• Reduce the wages of any employee in order to comply with the law.
• Discriminate against applicants or employees in an apprenticeship or training program on the basis of race or color.
• Retaliate against any individual who has made a complaint or assisted in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the state law.
• Publish an advertisement for employment indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race or color.
State law provides a BFOQ exception for employment decisions based on religion, sex, national origin, or age, but it does not provide a BFOQ exception based on race or color (SC Code Sec. 1-13-80(G)).