Wyoming Application Forms laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Application Forms: What you need to know

The Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age (40 and older), sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, or disability (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-101 et seq.). The Act covers all public and private employers with two or more employees.
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Tip: Employers should not ask applicants about any of the above-named protected characteristics, unless a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) applies.
Under the Fair Employment Practices Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an applicant or employee on the basis of use of tobacco products outside the course of employment, unless nonuse by employees outside the workplace is a BFOQ (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-105(a)(iv)). However, employers may offer or impose health, disability, or life insurance policies that distinguish between employees based on the use or nonuse of tobacco products if employees are given proper notice, and if the employer is simply passing on price differences imposed by the insurer.
Employers with operations in more than one state should periodically review their application forms to ensure compliance with state and local requirements. A California court ruling pointed out that disclaimers and statements about requirements or exceptions under state law should be worded appropriately and placed conspicuously in application forms (Starbucks Corp. v. Superior Court, 168 Cal. App. 4th 1436 (2008)). The employer in this case used the same application form nationwide. The form included a statement specific to California applicants. The disclaimer was in boldface lettering on the back of the application form. The court ultimately ...

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