The Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on religion (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1101et seq.). The law applies to all state employers and to private employers with 15 or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, or to discharge, any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of the individual's religion.
• Discriminate against any individual because of religion in admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training.
• Limit, advertise, solicit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive a person of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the person's status as an employee on the basis of religion.
• Discriminate against any employee or applicant because he or she has opposed any practice made an unlawful employment practice by the Act, has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act, or has opposed any practice or refused to carry out any action that is unlawful under the laws of the state or the United States.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement relating to employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for employment.
BFOQ exception. It is permissible to hire an individual on the basis of religion if religion is a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the employer's business (e.g., hiring a ...