Practices or policies that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible for employment may constitute discrimination on the basis of national origin, in violation of the Utah Antidiscrimination Act (UT Code Sec. 34-35-1 et seq.).
The law applies to all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees.
Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination on the basis of national origin.
The Antidiscrimination and Labor Division of the Labor Commission of Utah enforces the Antidiscrimination Act. The Division is authorized to initiate, receive, and investigate discrimination complaints, issue subpoenas, hold hearings, issue administrative decisions and orders, and enforce its orders in state court.
Remedies may include hiring, reinstatement, back pay and benefits, and legal fees.