Discrimination generally. Alabama does not have a comprehensive fair employment law addressing civil rights issues in private employment. However, employers may be subject to federal laws and court decisions. More information is available at the Alabama Discrimination section.
The Alabama Age Discrimination in Employment Act
prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from discriminating against employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older (Ala. Code § 25-1-20 et seq.). More information is available at the Alabama Discrimination
The Alabama Persons with Disabilities Act
requires public employers and employers that receive state funds to employ an individual with a disability under the same terms and conditions as an individual without a disability, unless the disability prevents the performance of the work involved (Ala. Code § 21-7-8). Covered employers should avoid asking applicants disability-related questions. More information is available at the Alabama Age Discrimination
Veterans’ preference. A private employer may have a voluntary veterans’ preference employment policy (Ala. Code § 25-1-52). The policy must be in writing and must be applied uniformly to employment decisions affecting hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction in force. In state employment, veterans may be entitled to preference under a statutorily delineated assessment system (Ala. Code § 36-26-15).
Expunged criminal charges. In 2014, a state law was enacted to streamline the process of having certain criminal charges expunged (Ala. Code § 15-27-1). Once a charge has been expunged, a job applicant is not required to disclose on a job application the ...