Arizona Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits private employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating in employment on the basis of religion. “Religion” is defined to include all aspects of religious observance, practice, and belief (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41-1461 et seq.). Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
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• Discharge, refuse to hire, or discriminate against any individual with respect to his or her compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of such individual's religion.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in any way that would deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the individual's status as an employee because of the individual's religion.
• Discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because he or she has opposed any practice that is unlawful or has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Discriminate against any individual in admission to or employment in any apprenticeship, training, or retraining program, including on-the-job training.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement relating to employment indicating any preference, specification, or discrimination based on religion, unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
Employers may enforce their harassment prevention policies if an employee, based on his or her religious beliefs, harasses another employee who is a member of a protected group. The 9th Circuit Court ruled that an employer did not discriminate on the basis of religion when it fired a supervisor who was an Evangelical Christian after she harassed an ...

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