Connecticut Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Connecticut Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on f religious creed and includes all aspects of religious observances and practice as well as beliefs (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60). The Act applies to all state employers and private employers with three or more employees.
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Under the Act, it is also unlawful to:
• Fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or to discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of religion.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities, or to otherwise adversely affect his or her status as an employee because of religion.
• Discriminate against any individual on the basis of religion in admission to or employment in any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training or retraining, including an on-the-job training program.
• Advertise employment opportunities in any manner that restricts employment and discriminates against an individual on the basis of religion.
• Discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against any person for opposing any discriminatory employment practice or for filing a complaint, testifying, or assisting in any proceeding under the Act.
• Aid, compel, or coerce the doing of any of the acts forbidden under the Act, or to attempt to do so.
Unpaid interns. All employers, regardless of size, are prohibited from discriminating against unpaid interns on the basis of religious creed.
Business necessity. It is permissible to hire an individual on the basis of religion when a person of a particular religion is a necessity for ...

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